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Senior Carlton Tugman had phenomenal tennis career for Longhorns

For the fourth year in a row the Johnson County Tennis Program was proud to send one of their own to the 1A/AA Regional tournament. Senior Carlton Tugman has had a phenomenal career for the Longhorns, playing in two regional championship matches his sophomore and junior years, and earning player of the year for the district this season. For Coach Steve Nave, having Tugman on the team has been a wonderful opportunity. “I couldn’t be more proud of him, and not just as a player but as person as well. He’s gotten better here; he’s worked really hard and has been a good role model for the other kids. He has had a great record as a tennis player, and I am really going to miss him. Carlton’s one of my favorite people to have ever coached in any sport.”
The regional competition was held at the Greeneville/Greene County Tennis Center this year, and featured the top four singles from both local districts along with the top doubles teams. Having lost to Unicoi County in the district tournament, Tugman came into regionals in the second place position and was forced to take on Greeneville’s highest ranked player, Jespal Mahal. In the singles tournament a player must win two out of three matches to progress on to the championship match.
Unfortunately, despite playing very well at times, Tugman came up short in both of the first two sets, ultimately turning the win over to Mahal. The winner of the set is determined by who is first to win six individual games. In the first set Tugman put up a strong fight winning three games before Mahal gained the necessary six, but a few errors as the match wore on proved very costly in the second set, and Tugman was only able to pull out a single victory, ending the run 1-6.
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