Mohawk Tennis Season Underway

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Piggott Mohawk boys and girls tennis teams began their 2015 campaign on Monday taking on the Riverside Rebels at Jonesboro, although complete results were not available as of press time. The squads, under the guidance of longtime Mohawk tennis coach Paul Seegraves, will once again be contending for a district title this year--and another trip to the state 3A tournament.

Last fall the Mohawk tennis teams set a number of school records, as both the girls and the boys finished third in the state. For the girls team, they set a new season record with 18 wins, breaking the old record of 16 set in 2009.

As far as individual honors, Devyn Staples set a new single season record for matches played with 34, eclipsing the record set by Hillary French of 29 in the 2007 season. Staples also broke the record for matches won with 29, outdistancing French's mark of 22 in 2007.

Standout freshman Emilee Seegraves, now a sophomore, set a new record for most games won with 199, beating French's record of 191 set in 2007. And, Staples also tied another of French's records, as she notched 22 singles win to match the mark set by Hillary in 2007.

The new school record for most doubles' wins was set at 17, and shared by Sadie Sawyers and Meghan Woodard. Alex Scheffler had previously held the mark with 13 doubles wins in 2011.

In combined singles and doubles play on the season Staples finished with an outstanding 29-5 record, Seegraves was 27-6, Woodard was 25-8 and Sawyers was 20-10 overall.

Last year's Mohawk boys' tennis team broke the single season record for most wins with 19, eclipsing the 17 victories posted in 2007. It also marked the first three-peat as District Champions by either program, as the boy's team brought home the title for the third year in a row.

In individual play for the Tribe, Carrington McDaniel broke the season record for best winning doubles percentage for matches, as he won all of his doubles matches this year and went 12-0, setting the record at 100 percent. The old record was previously held by Chad Taylor at 92.8 percent, set during the Mohawk's first tennis season back in 1993.

This year's senior boy's team includes seniors Kyle Allman, Nicholas Harris, Beau Jett, Quinton Mauldin, Tyler Peters and Caleb Welborn; juniors Alex Baber, Caleb Higgins and Noah Fuller; sophomores Carrington McDaniel and Kaleb Chadwell and freshman Isaac Morris.

The girls team includes seniors Madison Crittenden, Ambrea Massey, Devyn Staples and Meghan Woodard; juniors Kourtney Chadwell and Alex McDaniel and sophomores Britany Hobbs and Emilee Seegraves.

The teams are scheduled to play CRA and Marked Tree in a tri-match at Jonesboro this Thursday, Aug. 27, and they'll visit Paragould next Monday, Aug. 31. Tuesday, Sept. 1, they'll visit Pocahontas, and on Thursday, Sept. 3, the girls team will visit Caruthersville.

A tri-match with Nettleton and Highland is set for Sept. 8, at Jonesboro, and on Sept. 14, a tri-match with Harding Academy and Corning will be held at Jonesboro.

The Mohawks will visit Corning on Sept. 17, and will take on Brookland and Earle on Sept. 21, at Allen Park in Jonesboro. A tri-match with the Redskins and Highland will be played Sept. 22, at Pocahontas. And the girls will host Caruthersville on Sept. 24.

A match featuring Harding Academy and Harrisburg will be played in Jonesboro on Sept. 28, with home matches against Corning set for Sept. 29 and Oct. 5.

The district tournament will be played at Jonesboro on Thursday, Oct. 8; the 3A state tournament is set for Oct. 19 and 20, at Burns Park in North Little Rock and the overall state tournament will be played Oct. 28 and 29, also at Burns Park in North Little Rock.

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