Boys and Girls each win tennis championships
October 4, 2017
Hixson, TN — Rhea Middle Tennis teams each got a championship with two wins each in the SETAC post season held at the Champions Club in Hixson, Tennessee. Coaches Andrea Brown Watson and Regina Sneed were very pleased with the improvement by the team over the course of the season.
First round matches:
In the first matches of the day, the Eagles fought hard with a 5-4 win over Athens Middle School. Rhea Middle split six matches in singles with Cole Ruehling, Zac Swafford and Garrett Hurst winning in singles. Athens won the first double action but Rhea Middle played well under pressure with Cole Ruehling/Garrett Smith and Tyler Bentley/Garrett Hurst winning to secure the 5-4 match win.
Lady Eagles had easier time with their 5-2 win over Ocoee Middle. In tournament play, the match ends when either team get the 5th win. Girls won 4 of 6 singles matches with Ansley Thedford, Sophie Kay, Hanna Logsdon and Sydney Hampton winning singles matches. Kay/Logsdon won their doubles match to secure the win and move on to championship match.
In Championship match the Rhea County boys faced Ocoee. Rhea Middle won first four matches of singles and took 4-2 lead into doubles, needing just one more win for the match. Winning singles was Will Travis, Cole Ruehling, Zac Swafford and James Smith. Cole Rruehling and James Smith secured the 8-5 win in their doubles match to secure the championship.
Lady Eagles did their championship a little different. The lost first two singles matches before winning four straight to take 4-2 lead into doubles action against Cleveland. Winning singles were Sophie Kay, Karlee Rogers, Hanna Logsdon and Sydney Kay. Sophie fought hard for her 9-7 win at the number three slot. Karlee Rogers and Sydney Hampton won 8-5 at the number 3 slot to give Lady Eagles their fifth win and the championship.