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JCHS Tennis fights hard in defeat to Unicoi County

The JCHS Tennis Team was playing short-handed on Monday and though the Longhorns gave a good effort, Unicoi County was too strong.
The JCHS Boys and girls both fell 8-1 to the Blue Devils in a match played at the JCHS Tennis Courts.
The only winners for JCHS were Lindsey Wilson and the doubles team of Travis Stockinger and Joey Porter.
Wilson won her match by a score of 8-4 over Unicoi's Lexis Morley while Stockinger and Porter defeated Nic Chambers and Nick Meadows 8-4 as well.
“Lindsey played well and she earned a win,” JCHS Tennis Coach Steve Nave said. “Travis played well in his singles match and won doubles and it's good to see him improving. Any time you get a win over Unicoi it's good. They're a really good program.
With Carlton Tugman out due to illness and several of the girls having a school commitment, the Longhorns were shorthanded, but still put up a great fight.
Wilson was very impressive in her match against Morley and out-hit the Lady Blue Devil.
Stockinger and Porter made the Unicoi team play their style of match and ended up taking the win.
There were a couple of other close calls, like Holly Bryan for the girls, who lost 8-6 to Nicole Downard and Stockinger's 9-7 loss to Christian Watson.
Justin Cress also played well in an 8-5 defeat to Forrest Bullen.
In a highly anticipated match, acting No. 1 seed Timmy Bellamy gave a great effort in an 8-2 defeat to Reed Jackson, a two-time state tournament representative.
Bellamy is playing No. 1 until Tugman is able to return.
The Longhorns were shorthanded, but couldn't do anything about it and did the best they could.
“With Carlton missing everybody had to move up one and that hurt us, but the effort was there and their attitude was good, we just didn't win.”
Nave couldn't express more how happy he was for Wilson to get a big win over Unicoi.
“Lindsey deserves it,” Nave said. “She's done everything right.”
Nave is now in his eighth season at the helm of the JCHS Tennis program and this has probably been his hardest with illness and weather delays.
The Longhorns have only now played two full matches with District Tournament looming on the horizon.
“We've had four of our seven matches re-scheduled. The weather has been tough on us,” Nave said. “Carlton is coming back this week, but I don't know if he is going to be 100 percent. We'll know in a week or so how he is feeling,”
In other matches on the girls side, Holly Adams lost 8-3 to Brianna Barnett in singles while in doubles, Wilson and Bryan lost Morley and Carey 8-4.
In boys singles, Ryan Whitener lost 8-2 to Trevor Shelton, Conly Shultz defeated Kyle Miller from JCHS 8-1 and Joey Porter lost 8-0 to Nic Chambers. In doubles, Jackson and Shultz defeated Whitener and Bellamy 8-0 and Miller and Cress lost 8-3 to Shelton and Watson.
The Longhorns play at home Thursday against Sullivan North.