HENDERSONVILLE Rain halted Wednesday afternoon’s action twice at the District 9-AAA girls’ individual tennis tournament at Memorial Park, forcing postponement of the championship matches.
“It was hard to stop then, but if we can get off to a good start (when play resumes), then we’ll be okay,” Guinn said.A thunderstorm shortly before 5 p.m. halted the second doubles semifinal match, with Hendersonville High junior Grace Philips and sophomore Caroline Miller in the third set of a match against Beech seniors Courtney Brooks and Allie Guinn. That match was postponed until Thursday afternoon, with the winner facing Hendersonville High seniors Allison Newell and Rae Gullett in the championship match on a date to be determined next week.
An earlier stoppage delayed matches by more than two hours due to rain. Newell and Gullett played their semifinal early on Wednesday morning, defeating Station Camp seniors Kiana Mills and Camille Baker 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the championship match.
“We had really good opponents from Station Camp,” Newell said. “It was a long match, and the score really doesn’t reflect how it went. It was pretty close, and it was a good match.”
Newell and Gullett also qualified for the Region 5-AAA Tournament with their semifinal victory.
“It’s definitely a relief to have that, but it’s still nerve-wracking to not know what’s going to happen (in the other semifinal),” Newell said. “But at least we know we’re going to regionals no matter what happens.”
However, Newell and Gullett had to wait most of the day to see if they would play for the title on Wednesday or be forced to wait until next week. The team district tournament was slated to be played on Thursday afternoon.
“We didn’t really know what’s going to happen with the rain or anything,” Newell said. “It was kind of hard not knowing if we were going to play (the championship match) today or if we were going to have to wait a week to play.”
Gullett made up half of last year’s 9-AAA championship team with Sarah Hall, who graduated last season. That pairing reached the quarterfinals of the Class AAA State Tournament before suffering a straight-set loss to White Station senior Mallissa Sirimoungkhons and junior Kenya Jones.
Guinn and Brooks are also seeking a return trip to the region tournament, where they lost to Hall and Gullett in the championship match last year.
“It’s pretty intense,” Guinn said of the delays. “But I have faith in Courtney.”
The singles tournament will be an all-Wilson County affair as top-seeded Racquel Holder advanced to the championship match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Hendersonville sophomore Kayla Conger in the semifinals.
The rain delays also forced the second semifinal between third-seeded Elizabeth Stanley (Mt. Juliet) and second-seeded Katherine Daily (Lebanon) to be postponed until Friday at Mt. Juliet High School.
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District 9-AAA Girls Individual Tennis Tournament
Round of 16: No. 1 Racquel Holder (Mt. Juliet) d. Jacey Staggs (Wilson Central) 6-1, 6-3; Amelia Smith (Beech) d. Morgan Harmon (Lebanon) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Nidhi Menon (Station Camp) d. Karma Overton (Portland) 6-2, 6-0; Kayla Conger (Hendersonville) d. Erika Urena (Gallatin) 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Elizabeth Stanley (Mt. Juliet) d. Savannah Westbrook (Wilson Central) 6-2, 6-3; Rachel Crosslin (Station Camp) d. Audrey Spurlock (Hendersonville) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Erin Davidson (Beech) d. Baylee Green (Gallatin) 6-0, 6-2; No. 2 Katherine Daily (Lebanon) d. Presley Cowan (Portland) 6-0, 6-0. Quarterfinals: Holder (MJ) d. Smith (B) 6-0, 6-0; Conger (H) d. Menon (SC) 6-1, 6-4; Stanley (MJ) d. Crosslin (SC) 6-2, 7-6 (7-0); Daily (L) d. Davidson (B) 6-0, 6-0. Wednesday’s semifinal: Holder (MJ) d. Conger (H) 6-1, 6-0. Friday’s semifinal (at Mt. Juliet High School): Stanley (MJ) vs. Daily (L). Friday’s finals (at Mt. Juliet High School): Holder (MJ) vs. Stanley/Daily winner
Tuesday’s round of 16: No. 1 Rae Gullett/Allison Newell (Hendersonville) d. Bailey DePasqualie/Lydia Russell (Gallatin) 6-0, 6-0; Andrea Hanson/Riquera Smith (Mt. Juliet) d. Sara Edmonson/Kaleigh Woods (Beech) 6-2, 7-5; Jennifer Beckham/Lucia Hurtado (Wilson Central) d. Courtney Cox/Selena Rogers (Portland) 7-6 (7-0), 6-0; No. 4 Camille Baker/Kiana Mills (Station Camp) d. Nicole Bashour/Sidney Kurtz (Lebanon) 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 Caroline Miller/Grace Phillips (Hendersonville) d. Natalie Major/Julie Robinson (Station Camp) 6-0, 6-0; Nancy Ghita/Grace Pincock (Gallatin) d. Rachel Bounds/Maggie Shepherd (Mt. Juliet) 6-2, 6-4; Margaret Daily/Adyson Palmer (Lebanon) d. Bethanie Bergman/Savannah Huntsman (Portland) by default (injury); No. 2 Courtney Brooks/Allie Guinn (Beech) d. Jessica Beckham/Cassie Joslin (Wilson Central) 6-1, 6-1. Quarterfinals: Gullett/Newell (H) d. Hanson/Smith (MJ) 6-0, 6-1; Baker/Mills (SC) d. Beckham/Hurtado (WC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0; Miller/Phillips (H) d. Ghita/Pincock (G) 6-4, 6-4; Brooks/Guinn (B) d. Daily/Palmer (L) 6-0, 6-0. Wednesday’s semifinals: Gullett/Newell (H) d. Baker/Mills (SC) 6-1, 6-2; Miller/Phillips (H) vs. Brooks/Guinn (B), suspended due to weather. Finals (date TBD): Gullett/Newell (H) vs. Miller/Phillips-Brooks/Guinn winner