(Wednesday, May 5, 2021 edition)
The Rhea County High School Eagle tennis continued the team portion of the District 6-AAA tournament, with the Lady Eagles finishing district runner-ups to Cookeville on Monday, as the Eagles fell in the semifinals to Cookeville on Friday.
The team portion of the tournament has a different format than the regular season, as in, the first team to obtain four victories or four points, gets the overall win and all play ceases for the day.
At the Lil Andrews Tennis Courts on Delaware Avenue in Dayton on Monday, the visiting Lady Cavaliers of Cookeville battled to a 4-0 win, as the Rhea girls fought very hard in the loss.
The Rhea boys’ team traveled to Cookeville High School on Friday, challenged, faced and fought to the end against a very tough opponent in the Cavaliers, and suffered a 4-0 defeat.
Lady Eagles vs. CHS
In singles’ match play, Ava Travis pushed her opponent to three sets, but came up a little short, falling 6-7 (3-7) in the first, winning the second set 6-3 and lost 4-6 in the third. Sophie Kay battled to a 4-6, 4-6 loss to her opponent in a back-and-forth contest.
Other Lady Eagles competing and battling in singles’ match losses were Hanna Logsdon (2-6, 1-6) and Ansley Thedford (2-6, 0-6). Rhea’s Sydney Hampton competed, but her score wasn’t recorded due to Cookeville obtaining the fourth win of the day during her match.
Lady Eagle head coach Lil Andrews praised her team’s effort on the day.
“Kay and Travis played very competitive matches, losing close sets,” said Andrews. “This is our first experience with postseason pressure since only one of our juniors have ever played in a district tourney.
“We’re still a young team with a bright future and we made a reputable showing today,” continued Andrews.
The Lady Eagles’ season record is now 12-5 and 9-2 in district play.
Eagles vs. CHS
Battling, but suffering losses in singles’ match play were Brett Hurst fell (0-6, 0-6), Hank Logsdon (2-6, 1-6), Zac Swafford (1-6, 1-6), Garrett Hurst (0-6, 3-6) and James Smith (2-6, 0-6).
The Rhea tennis teams will be hosting the District 6-AAA individual semifinals’ tournament, beginning Wednesday, May 5 and continuing through Thursday, May 6, at the Lil Andrews Tennis Courts on Delaware Avenue in Dayton. The individual championships will be held at Cookeville High School on Friday, May 7.