(Sunday, April 25, 2021 edition)
The Rhea County High School Eagle tennis teams hosted back-to-back matches this week, with the first being on Tuesday against Red Bank, and the second against Walker Valley.
On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles blanked the Lady Lions of Red Bank 9-0, while the Eagles won 8-1.
On Thursday, the Rhea girls defeated the Walker Valley Lady Mustangs 6-3, as the Eagles fell 0-9.
RCHS vs. Red Bank
Rhea girls collecting wins in singles’ matches included Ava Travis (8-2), Sophie Kay (8-1), Hanna Logsdon (win by forfeit), Ansley Thedford (8-5), Sydney Hampton (8-2) and Isa Holcomb (8-2).
Earning doubles match wins were Travis/Kay (8-0), Logsdon/Thedford (8-2) and Hampton /Ava Nelson (won by forfeit).
The Red Bank boys’ team were a little shorthanded, as only two players competed in the match, thus giving the Eagles six forfeit wins for six team points.
Battling to a win in singles’ play was James Smith (8-1). Zac Swafford battled, but suffered a 4-8 loss. The Rhea boys picked up forfeit wins in the other four singles’ matches.
Claiming a win in doubles’ matches was the team of Brett Hurst and Hank Logsdon (8-2). The Rhea boys picked up forfeit wins in the other two doubles’ matches.
RCHS vs. Walker Valley
Rhea girls collecting wins in singles’ matches included Travis (8-0), Kay (8-2), Logsdon (8-1) and Hampton (8-1). Suffering losses were Thedford (3-8) and Holcomb (1-8).
Earning doubles match wins were Travis/Kay (8-3) and Logsdon/Thedford (8-2). The team of Hampton and Nelson fought to a 6-8 defeat.
With the win, the Lady Eagles improved their season record to 8-3 and are 7-1 in the district.
With the TSSAA realignment of the districts for next school year, Rhea County will be placed in Walker Valley’s district. Lady Eagles’ head coach, Lil Andrews, lauded her team’s effort in the win over their future district foe.
“This team will be in our new district next year, so it was good to get this win,” said Andrews.
Competing, but suffering defeats in the singles matches were Brett Hurst (2-8), Logsdon (0-8), Swafford (1-8), Garrett Hurst (2-8), Smith (7-9) and David Derlak (2-8).
Battling, but falling in doubles’ matches were Brett Hurst/Logsdon (6-8), Swafford/Garrett Hurst (3-8) and Smith/Derlak (0-8).
In the loss, the Eagles slipped to 6-5 on the season and are 4-2 in the district.