On Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6, in 8A/AA play at TSU in Nashville, the MCHS team in morning play took care of White House in four games, then went on to win a tough, nearly even match-up with Greenbriar in the afternoon 4-3, with Katy Kirby winning a very important singles match to put the Tiger girls over the stop in the series.
On Tuesday afternoon the Lafayette girls prevailed over a strong Friendship Christian team as the series of seven games went Macon County's way, with a doubles team win by Chunn and Ilia, who defeated Christian's team of Chelsea Mobley and Kate Walker in a 6-2, 6-3 loss for the Mt. Juliet duo.
Earlier, Chunn and Ilia blasted Station Camp's Kayla Buchanan and Heather Hughes with wins of 7-6, 8-6 and 6-2 to advance in the semi-finals.
Later in the week, the Tigers traveled to Cookville Thursdayt for the Regional
Tournament, where they came up a bit short against a strong Cannon County team.
But MCHS Tennis Coach Keith Anderson said he was proud of and satisfied with both the girls and boys efforts all season long.
The MCHS boys bested Portland and Greenbriar in the Regional tournament before falling to a very strong Mt. Juliet Friendship Christian in the final series, taking second place in regional play.
Simone Ilia and Katie Chunn go on early this week to District Individual play in
Nashville, with the results of their matches unavailable at press time.
Keith Anderson has been coaching Lafayette's tennis players since 1993, with five perfect seasons under his belt, and strong teams returning next year.
The Tiger girls will be losing senior star player Katy Kirby, but Ilia and Chunn return next year, along with up and coming boys tennis player Eliot Sandifer, who
Coach Anderson noted was his “most improved player” among a group of strong, young tennis players.