Mohawk Tennis Teams in Action
The Piggott Mohawk tennis teams got their season underway on Monday, Aug. 24, as they were swept by 2A powerhouse Riverside. The girls fell 1-5, while the boys team went 0-10 on the day. But, in the days since the Tribe rebounded to post two wins, and earn a forfeit, for each squad. The Mohawks were in action Monday evening at Paragould, although scores and stats were not available as of press time.
The Mohawks took on the Riverside Rebels to start the new season, and fell in both the boys and girls matches. The girls were beaten 1-5, with Megan Woodard's 6-0 win over Makeena Beach as the only win of the day. Taking singles losses were Emilee Seegraves, as she fell 6-7(5-7) to Abby Brickell, considered to be the top AA player in the state; Devyn Staples, who fell to Hatti Milligan 5-7 and Ambrea Massey, who dropped her set with Bailey Fisher 0-6. In girls doubles play, Madison Crittenden and Woodard fell to Brickell and Milligan, who finished eighth in doubles last year in the state, 2-6. Meanwhile, Kourtney Chadwell and Alex McDaniel dropped their doubles set with Beach and Fisher 0-6.
The boys didn't fare as well, as the two time defending state champs swept the day. In singles play Quinton Mauldin fell to Grant Mason 2-6, Kyle Allman stumbled against Gavin Stone 0-6, Tyler Peters fell to Jon Milligan 2-6, Caleb Higgins dropped his set to Braden Overman 0-6, Carrington McDaniel lost to Zach Poe 0-6 and Caleb Welborn fell to Dylan Austin 0-6. In doubles play, Allman and Mauldin fell to last year's state champions Milligan and Stone 3-6, Nicholas Harris and Beau Jett fell to Overman and Luke Baker 1-6, Alex Baber and Noah Fuller were beat by Poe and Sam Meurer 0-6 and Kaleb Chadwell and Isaac Morris fell to Mathew Fraser and Hunter Rand 0-6.
On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Tribe was scheduled to take on CRA and Marked Tree at Jonesboro. But, Marked Tree forfeited the matches, giving both teams a win. The Mohawks were then able to schedule Nettleton, and by sweeping their opponents both squads picked up two more wins. The boys team also picked up another player, as sophomore Josh Lyman was added to the roster.
Against CRA the girls team won 2-0, with Seegraves and Staples both beating Hannah Hutson, 6-0 and 6-2 respectively.
The boys team then rolled to a 9-0 win, sweeping both singles and doubles play. In singles action it was Mauldin over Sean Jearnigan 6-0, Allman past Alex Newboles 6-0, Peters over Garrison Money 6-1, Higgins over Clayton Lenderman 6-0, McDaniel over Jamison Key 6-0 and Lyman beat Nathan Wheaton 6-0. In doubles play, Harris and Jett beat Jearnigan and Money 6-1, Baber and Fuller downed Newboles and Lenderman 6-4 and Chadwell and Morris downed Key and Wheaton 6-2.
The Mohawks then turned their attention to the Raiders, who qualified both teams for the 5A state tournament last year.
In girls play the Lady Mohawks prevailed 5-4, dominating singles play and falling 3-1 in doubles action. In singles it was Seegraves over Rebecca Chen, who qualified in state singles play last year, 6-4, Staples beat Johanna Cannon 6-1, Woodard downed Taylor Suitor 6-4 and McDaniel beat Hannah Vacco 6-1. Meanwhile, Massey dropped her set to Evan Garbuno 0-6. In doubles action, Seegraves and Staples beat Cannon and Suiter, state 5A qualifiers from last year, 6-4. But, Crittenden and Woodard fell to Chen and Meagan Vacco 2-6, Chadwell and Massey fell to Garbuno and Vacco 0-6 and McDaniel and Britany Hobbs dropped their set to Hannah Vacco and Sommern Willie 2-6.
Meanwhile the boys team ground out a win, taking singles play 6-4 and doubles play 3-1, for a 9-5 victory. In singles play it was Mauldin over Ryan Camp 6-1, Allman past Stefan Olive 6-2, Nicholas Harris over Lucas Ho 7-5, Higgins over Jacob Koster 6-4, Peters past Skyler George 6-2 and Carrington McDaniel over Tyler Gill 6-0. Allman also dropped a 0-6 decision to Camp, Harris fell to Olive 1-6, Jett dropped a set to Blake Moore 2-6 and Caleb Welborn fell to Mathew Hoeting 6-7(2-7). In doubles play, Allman and Mauldin beat Camp and Olive 6-1, Harris and Jett downed Ho and Koster 6-2 and McDaniel and Lyman beat Gill and Hoeting 6-1 while Peters and Welborn dropped their set to George and Moore 4-6.
With the wins both squads advance to 3-1 on the season. In addition to Monday night's set with Paragould, the Mohawk teams were scheduled to visit Pocahontas on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the girls team is slated to visit Caruthersville this Thursday, Sept. 3.