The Rotary Tennis Tournament always offers challenging competition with significant opportunities to test skills and to use information gained to prepare for the upcoming section and state tournaments.
Kaustubh Holcomb, No. 1 singles, won his first round match in the main draw over Signal Mountain’s No. 1 player, Grant Williams 7-6, 6-2. In the second round of the main draw. Kaustubh lost in two exceptionally close tiebreakers to Ethan Fussell of CAK.
No. 2 singles player, Sean Davis, lost in the first round of the main draw and played exceptionally well before losing 6-4, 3-6, 7-10 (tiebreak).
At number 3 singles, Jose Braulio played very well in both of his singles matches. In the main draw, he lost to the first set to Signal Mountain 2-6 and rallied to 5-6 in the second set before losing 5-7 to 7A Spain Park’s Sam Johnson.
Tripp Slyman made easy work of his main draw match at number 4 singles, defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-0. In the second round, Tripp played well before losing a closely contested main draw match against Signal Mountain by a score of 3-6, 4-6.
No. 5 singles player, Tanuj Alapati made quick work of McCraken High School’s player, 6-3, 6-2. Advancing in the main draw, Tanuj met up with Textor from Huntsville and played one of his best sets of the year although he lost 4-6. Textor caught fire in the second set, and Tanuj was unable to play as consistently as he had early in the match.
Senior Evan Lake played well against Spain Park’s number 6, losing a very close match 6-7, 3-6. Moving to the consolation bracket, Evan won two matches, defeating players from McCracken and CAK, to capture the No. 6 Singles Consolation Championship in the 61st Annual Rotary Tennis Tournament.
Evan also went on to win the Number 3 Doubles Consolation Bracket with Jose Braulio against Chattanooga’s Notre Dame.
In other doubles action, the Raiders’ Number 1 team of Kaustubh Holcomb and Tripp Slyman lost to tournament champions in the first round and then dropped a consolation match against a very strong McCracken team.
The Raiders No. 2 doubles team, Sean Davis and Tanuj Alapati, took the No. 2 champions to a tiebreaker before losing 9-8 in the main draw. The team had an opportunity to capture a consolation championship after advancing to the consolation finals, but fell to powerhouse Notre Dame.