By Curtis Carden
Sullivan South had the right remedy to spoil Unicoi County High School’s opening day for tennis.
The Blue Devils and Lady Devils put up a fight, but were unable to prevent wins by the Rebels (7-1) and Lady Rebels (9-0) Friday, March 18, at Fishery Park in Erwin.
Trent Treadway, Aaron Manzanares and Hunter Wright were able to win games, but each fell 8-2 in singles play. Chase Erwin, Sam Murillo and Gabe Whitson also competed during individual play.
Murillo and Wright were able to put the Blue Devils in the win column in doubles, winning as the No. 2 team, 8-2, while Treadway and Whitson lost, 8-1.
The Lady Rebels had the ladies of Blue Nation’s number Friday, scoring 8-0 shutouts in five of the individual contests.
Ali Giovannelli scored in her match against Emma Carico but lost 8-1.
Arianna Edwards/Hannah McKinney fell, 8-1, in the No. 1 doubles match, while the teams of Madelyn McNabb/Giovannelli and Winter Day-Honeycutt/Abby Hensley lost, 8-0.
The Blue Nation netters were scheduled to be back in action on Monday, March 21, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline against Johnson County.
UCHS will stay on the road this week with a trip to ‘Betsy country to face Elizabethton with the start time set for 4:15 p.m.