Pictured is RCHS Lady Eagle Keylee Morgan, serving during a match in the 2019 season.

The Rhea County High School Lady Eagles’ tennis team traveled to Gulf Shores, Ala., last week at the beginning of spring break, to compete in the annual tournament, hosted by Gulf Shores High School.

The Lady Eagles defeated their hosts 6-2 on Monday, March 16, and improved to 2-0 on the season. By Tuesday, March 17, the tennis center hosting the tournament closed due to precautionary measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. By Wednesday, March 17, all of Alabama schools closed. The Lady Eagles came back home immediately following their match on Monday, March 16.

In singles, Hanna Logsdon won 8-2, Ava Travis won 8-1, Sophie Kay won 8-3, while Maddie Smith and Isa Holcomb fell 5-8 to their opponents.

In doubles, the Rhea duos of Smith and MaleeKate Ballard won 8-1, while Travis and Kay also won 8-1 over their opponents. The team of Logsdon and Holcomb outlasted their opponents for the 9-8 (10-6) win.

Lady Eagle head coach, Lil Andrews, stated only six of the eight members of the 2020 tennis team were able to make the trip, and she lauded everyone for stepping up to the challenge.

“We could only play five singles’ matches due to one player recovering and moving into the lineup slowly,” said Andrews. “So, everyone after the No. 1 had to move up two or three positions and did an excellent job. Smith played very close, with a consistent and very challenging opponent.

Travis, Logsdon and Kay showed exceptional ‘court sense’ as young players, and Holcomb battled hard, playing up three positions,” added Andrews.

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