By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Despite very little time outside, the Johnson County tennis team made a strong showing at Elizabethton High School on Monday.
The boys dropped a 5-4 match to Betsy. The girls fell 6-3 to the Lady Cyclones.
Chris Artidiello and Andy Rosado won their singles matches. Dawn Lewis and Ashton Henson won singles matches on the girls side.
The team of Caleigh Blair and Tessa Roush earned the only win for Johnson County in doubles.
Krista Warren played strong the entire match despite her close loss.
Johnson Countys top player, Victoria Israel, had the impossible task of trying to take down defending state champion Danielle Vines. She is ranked among the top 50 players nationally in her age division and has already committed to play for Furman. Vines won in a match that took less than 15 minutes.
Shes impressive and shes at another level, said Johnson County head coach Eric Crabtree about Vines. But I thought we played well as a whole considering we got a late start outside. Im pleased with our performance because of the competition we played against. We dropped a couple of close 8-6 matches against a good team. I thought our kids hung in there and battled. Were looking forward to our next match.
They were to play at Unicoi County on Tuesday. Theyll be at home against Happy Valley on Thursday in a girls match only.