Kudos to the varsity tennis teams for their outstanding seasons. The varsity girls’ team, which finished third at the prestigious Rotary Tennis Tournament in Chattanooga and swept the section tennis tournament without losing a match, played well at state. Battling a tough draw throughout the line-up, the Raiders, who were led by four seniors: Aly Below, Ally Sexton, Avery League, and Hollie Terry, captured sixth place at the AHSAA 4A-5A State Tennis Tournament in Mobile.
Six year starter, Aly Sexton, playing number 1 singles, advanced to the quarterfinals in singles before losing to St. Paul’s. At number 2 singles, Ally Below lost in the semifinals. Hollie Terry lost in the semis at number 6. In doubles, Aly Sexton and Ally Below played well before bowing out in the quarterfinals.
The varsity boys’ season was supposed to be a rebuilding year since the team had only two starters returning from the outstanding team of 2015. Koray Davis, number 3 singles, moved to the No. 1 singles and doubles roles and led his team to a section championship and a fourth place finish at the state tournament. In state singles action, Koray advanced to the quarterfinals before bowing out. In doubles, Koray teamed with seventh grader, Luke Robin to advance to the semifinals.
Sean Davis, the other returnee from last year’s team, joined forces with Dominick Lioce to play an outstanding, come from behind, match against Guntersville. Both Sean and Dominick, played through nagging injuries, clawing and fighting to win and advance to the semifinals.
Teaming with seventh grader, Luke Robin at no. 1 doubles, the team played outstanding tennis as they lost in the semifinals to powerhouse Trinity.
As any die-hard tennis fan can tell you, “the luck of the draw” can determine how far you can advance in a tournament. Both teams struggled with difficult draws, but the Raiders made the best of it, winning the matches that they should have won and competing strongly against the powerhouses that currently rule the court.
On a closing note, the coaches would like to recognize and thank the seniors for their hard work, outstanding teamwork, competitiveness, and legacy that they leave for future players. They have set the bar high and have been extraordinary examples of the positive qualities that all coaches are looking for in their players and teams.