By Curtis Carden
With the district tournament to begin this week at Milligan College, the Lady Devils were able to get rid off the goose egg in the win column.
The Unicoi County High School tennis teams wrapped up the regular season Thursday, April 28, at Fishery Park taking a pair of wins against North Greene. The Blue Devils won 7-2, while the Lady Devils secured a 5-4 victory.
“I’m proud of the girls today,” assistant coach Karla Keesecker said. “Aurora (Whitson) gave us a big win in singles and Winter (Day-Honeycutt) and Hannah (McKinney) won in doubles.”
The Lady Huskies did have forfeits in the five and six individual matches and the third seed for doubles. Whitson took home the victory in singles, winning 8-0, while Honeycutt/McKinney earned a 8-5 win in doubles. Arianna Edwards and Abby Hensley were blanked, 8-0, in individuals, while McKinney fought back, but ended up losing 8-4. In doubles, the No. 1 team of Whitson/Edwards lost in an exciting 8-4 contest.
For the Blue Devils, it was strictly business as usual for senior Dalton Spears, who paced the Blue Devil attack with an 8-2 victory. Carter Powers, Trent Treadway and Hunter Wright each scored victories in singles.
Christian Leon and Spears, Sam Murillo and Powers and Treadway and Wright swept in doubles play.
It was an exciting evening for tennis, especially for Powers and Murillo, who capped on the evening winning out of the tiebreaker with a 7-4 score.
Powers and Murillo are journeymen for the Blue Devils and, while excitement was in abundance for their win, they credited their Lady Devil teammates for their own victory.
“We all played our best,” Powers said. “We got a lot of wins today. In our match, we didn’t let it get us down that we were one point down. But it was a big day for the girls, last year they lost a ton of seniors and this year there are a lot of beginner players.”
After staying busy a couple of days earlier with soccer, Murillo remembered last year’s experiences with the boys’ team struggling before districts.
“I remember last year, our guys were in the same situation,” he said. “We weren’t winning anything until the last two matches. It was great they won.”
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UCHS opened last week with a match against Sullivan North, with the Blue Devils winning big, while the Lady Devils put up a fight in a losing effort to the Golden Raiders.
Spears, Leon, Powers, Treadway and Wright each won in singles and Spears/Leon took home a doubles win.
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District 1-A/AA individual tournament action gets underway at Milligan College on Thursday, May 5 and will conclude on Friday, May 6.