Mohawk Tennis Team in Action

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Lady Mohawk Devyn Staples in recent action. (courtesy photo)

The Mohawk tennis teams have been active in the past week, playing in both conference and non-conference sets.


The Tribe took on two 4A schools on Tuesday, Sept. 16, as they faced both Nettleton and Highland at Jonesboro. On the day the Lady Mohawks swept the Lady Raiders, and then fell to the Lady Rebels. Meanwhile, the boy's team suffered its first defeat at the hands of Nettleton, and then took the set from Highland.

In girls singles play Emilee Seegraves beat Rebecca Chen, a state qualifier from last year, in the sweep of Nettleton. Devyn Staples then beat Johanna Cannon and Meghan Woodard downed Taylor Suiter. In doubles action it was Seegraves and Staples over Chen and Cannon, while Sadie Sawyers and Woodard downed Cannon and Suiter.

Meanwhile, Highland took the girls set with Seegraves falling to Emma Johnson, an All-State selection last year, while Sawyers dropped her set to Shelby Hopkins and Staples notched the lone win, beating Samantha Stovell. In doubles play it was all Highland, as Seegraves and Staples and Sawyers and Meghan Woodard dropped their sets.

The Tribe also dropped the JV sets, with Kourtney Chadwell falling in singles to Nettleton, meanwhile Alex McDaniel and Britteny Austin dropped two doubles sets to the Lady Raiders and one set to Highland.

Meanwhile the boys team fell 3-2 to the Raiders, for their first loss of the year. Last year, the Nettleton squad finished fourth in the state in 4A. The Mohawks then took a 2-0 win over Highland, sweeping singles play with wins by Quinton Mauldin and Jacob Wellman. The Mohawks also dropped a JV doubles match to Nettleton.


The Mohawks swept the Corning Bobcats at home on Thursday, Sept. 18, taking the girls set 6-1 and the boys set 7-1.

In girls singles play Seegraves beat Shayna Casinger, last year's district singles champ, while Staples downed Cassidy Mitchell. In doubles play Sawyers and Woodard beat Sadie Couch and Jackie Guthrey, Chadwell and Alex McDaniel beat Maggie Couch and Kara Johnson, Seegraves and Staples downed Madison Ermert and Allison Landrest, Sawyers and Woodard downed Journey Weaver and Ashley Betts, and Chadwell and Britteny Austin fell to Caitlyn Carpenter and Casinger for their only loss.

In boys singles play it was Mauldin over Keifer Hartwig, Wellman downed Clint Hovis and Alex Baber beat Ridge Briney. The Mohawks also swept doubles action, with Beau Jett and Nicholas Harris beating Hartwig and Ryan Curtis, state qualifiers last year, while Kyle Allman and Caleb Higgins beat Hartwig and Hovis, Tyler Peters and Carrington McDaniel downed Jay Leach and Briney and Kaleb Chadwell and Noah Fuller beat Leach and Briney.

Non-Conference Set

The Tribe traveled back to Jonesboro on Monday, Sept.22 for a quad match with Earle, Harrisburg and Marked Tree but the Indians forfeited. The Mohawks then beat both the Hornets and the Bulldogs to improve their season records.

The girls team got singles wins from Seegraves and Staples against Harrisburg, while McDaniel dropped her set. In doubles play it was Sawyer and Woodard posting a win, along with Kourtney Chadwell and McDaniel.

In action against Earle, the Lady Mohawks got wins in singles play from Seegraves and Staples. Meanwhile, Sawyers and Meghan Woodard won their doubles set, while Kourtney Chadwell and Britteny Austin and Chadwell and Alex McDaniel fell in theirs.

In boys play against Harrisburg it was Wellman and Mauldin posting singles wins over Brady Castle, while Tyler Peters and Caleb Higgins won their doubles set, and Jett and Harris fell in their doubles match in a tie-breaker against the Hornets.

Against the Bulldogs Wellman and Mauldin rolled to wins in singles action, while in doubles play Jett and Harris, Peters and McDaniel and Higdon and Baber all got wins while Chadwell and Fuller dropped their set.

The Lady Mohawks now have a record of 8-4 on the season, while the boys squad is 11-1 overall. Both teams were scheduled to take on Pocahontas and Highland in a tri-match at Pocahontas on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and the girls team will visit Caruthersville this Thursday, Sept. 25. Next Monday, Sept. 29, both teams will take on Harding Academy and Corning at Jonesboro.

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