By Beth Cox
The Longhorns were on the road this week as they faced two fierce competitors with Sullivan Central on Tuesday and Sullivan South on Thursday.
The tennis team came out swinging Tuesday against the Cougars and didn’t stop until the last match was played.
In boys’ action, the Longhorns played strong and left the Cougars purring like kittens as the boys easily gained the lead with No. 1, Mason Stanley controlling the match against Ben Williams with the 8-1 win followed by both No. 2 Noah Cox and, No. 3 Dalton Sluder with the same, 8-1 score over their opponents. No. 4 Will Henson was right behind his teammates with an 8-0 win over Zach Hughnett.
In doubles play, the diligent partnership of Cox and Sluder outplayed Williams and Tyler Jones and came out victorious with an 8-1 win.
Noah Nelson and Henson came up short against Jack Musick and Mark Robinette with an 8-6 loss.
Stanley and Adam Manuel would finish with an 8-4 match over Hughnett and Landon Locklear.
The girls annihilated the Cougars with the most wins across the board. No. 1, Taylor Cox’s match was one for the record book as she and her opponent, Amanda Robinette, were in action for well over an hour, but Cox kept the lead and finished 8-3. No. 2, Olivia Cox overpowered Natalie Scott with an 8-0 win followed by No. 3, Taylor Parsons edging by Amelia Margett with the 8-6 victory. No. 4, Margaret Morrow’s match was a close one, but Morrow was strategically outplayed in the end by Alexa Cassidy. No. 5, Rhiannon Icenhour and No. 6, Hannah Bauer would also add to the win column with (8-5) and (8-6) respectively.
The Lady Longhorns’ doubles’ play ended with T. Cox and O. Cox (8-2), Morrow and Bauer (8-4), and Parsons and Icenhour (8-2)
The Longhorns traveled to Sullivan South for their last match of the regular season. Sullivan South was a tough opponent for the tennis team, but good competition for the Longhorns as they get ready to head into district playoffs. The only victory for the Longhorns came from No. 3, Dalton Sluder with an 8-3 win over South.
The Lady Longhorns had a few more wins in their column with No. 1, Taylor Cox getting the 8-0 advantage over her opponent, followed by No. 3, Taylor Parsons (8-3). In doubles, the Cox twins would continue their winning streak with a hard-fought match and narrowly getting the 9-7 win. Parsons and Rhiannon Icenhour would finish strong with an 8-4 win over South.
Coach Pittman was pleased with his team’s performance and states, “both boys and girls look good going into district tournament on Monday.”
Taylor Parsons and Rhiannon Icenhour are all smiles after easily winning in doubles against Sullivan Central on Tuesday.