By Beth Cox
The JCHS Tennis team traveled to Greeneville Tennis Complex Thursday looking to pick up a much-needed win against Chuckey Doak on their home court. They accomplished their goal by easily defeating the Black Knights, which would give the Longhorns their first conference win and the Lady Longhorns the title of district champions for the second year in a row.
The Lady Longhorns rallied together and proved to Chuckey Doak they came to claim the coveted number one spot for the district.
No. 1, Taylor Cox aced her singles match with a 6-0 win Breanna Shelton with No. 2, Olivia Cox right behind her with a 6-2 win over Katie Crane.
The Lady Longhorns continued to overpower Chuckey Doak with Taylor Parsons (6-3), Rhiannon Icenhour (6-4), Kaylee Williams (6-3). Hannah Bauer, nursing a sore ankle, lost 2-6.
In doubles play the winning continued with twins, T. Cox and O. Cox ( 6-1) followed by Parsons and Icenhour (6-3) which secured their place as number one in the conference.
In boys’ action, Chuckey Doak was simply no match for the Longhorns. No. 1 Mason Stanley (6-1), No. 2 Noah Cox (6-0), and No.3 Will Henson (6-2), and No 4., Noah Nelson (6-0) easily captured the conference win. In doubles, Stanley and Cox (6-2) and Henson and Nelson (6-0) completed the unanimous victory over the Black Knights.
The Longhorns have lost the past two matches, so this win will surely build their confidence as they begin the road to district tournaments.
Coach Pittman was delighted with the win over Chuckey Doak. Under his leadership, the girls’ tennis team have been conference champions, but he isn’t taking much time to think about that; he is now focusing on getting his team ready for district and regional tournaments.
Pittman states,” Our girls played good enough to win, but they need to step it up to another level if our aspirations of going to state are going to come to fruition.” Pittman was in this same position last year with one set away from the girls’ team going to state, so he knows what needs to be done. He said his team match will be working hard over the next couple of weeks to get ready for tournament actions which starts May 6 and May 7 at Milligan College.