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CCHS tennis improves to 2-0 after win over AC

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By Robby O'Daniel

The CCHS boys and girls tennis teams continued their winning ways with victories over rival Anderson County High School at Jaycee Park in Clinton on Monday.

The top two seeds for the Lady Cougars came up on the losing end in singles play, but the remaining four matches went Campbell County’s way, according to CCHS head tennis coach Katherine Ayers.

No. 3-seed Morgan Cooper, No. 4 Katie Wells, No. 5 Alexis Foster and No. 6 Morgan Smith all won for CCHS in singles play, Ayers said.

Ayers recognized the strong effort of No. 2 Lucia Mogollon though, even in defeat.

“She played the longest tiebreaker in the history of my coaching,” Ayers said.

Mogollan lost 17-15 after a series of tiebreakers, Ayers said.

“It was probably an-hour-and-a-half, and even though she lost, I was really proud of her for having the endurance to play that long,” Ayers said.

In doubles play, while No. 1 Jessi Bumgardner and Cooper lost their doubles match, Wells and Foster won, and then Smith and Madison Spradlin won via forfeit.

Singles play went in the reverse order for the boys, who claimed the top-seeded matches.

No. 1 Jared Bane, No. 2 Bruno Zillo and No. 3 Noah Smith all won their singles matches, Ayers said, while the No. 4 and No. 5-seed matches went ACHS’s way and then the last match was forfeit to ACHS. The CCHS boys were victorious in both doubles matches with teams of Bane and Zillo, along with Smith and No. 4 Elijah Phillips.

“Jared Bane also had a really long tiebreak. He won his singles match, and he was the No. 1 seed yesterday in the boys,” Ayers said on Tuesday. “Katie Wells has still won every match she’s ever played in, and she’s never even played tennis before. So I think that’s notable, and Elijah Phillips, just due to his physical size, he is an excellent tennis player because of his reach. He did a great job yesterday, too.”

The wins brought the CCHS records to 2-0 on the year, heading into an away matchup at Union County last Wednesday (yesterday).

Next the Cougars and Lady Cougars travel to Tyson Park to take on Knoxville Central on Friday.