Mohawk Tennis Teams Compete at State
The Piggott Mohawk tennis teams enjoyed another successful campaign for 2015, qualifying several players for the 3A state tournament at North Little Rock. And, the Tribe also had a good tourney run, nailing down a state runner-up spot for the Lady Mohawks and a third place finish for the boy's team. The performances in the 3A state tourney also earned several of the players a spot in this week's overall, also being played at Burn's Park in North Little Rock.
The girls' tennis team finished as the class 3A state runner-ups, as Episcopal Collegiate School won their eighth straight state championship.
In posting their runner-up finish, the Tribe's doubles team of Devyn Staples and Meghan Woodard finished second while singles player Emilee Seegraves made it to the final four.
In singles play, Seegraves defeated McKinley Morden of Episcopal Collegiate in the first round 6-0 and 6-0. In the second round, she defeated Carlotta Godea of Atkins 6-3 6-0. In the semifinals, Seegraves lost a two hour hard fought match to Vanessa Salinas, of Haas Hall Academy, 7-5 and 6-4. With the top four finish, Seegraves qualifies as an alternate for this week's overall state tournament in North Little Rock set to begin today, Wednesday, Oct. 28. Meanwhile, in other singles action Lady Mohawk Madison Crittenden lost her first round match to Ashlyn Stewart of Mountain View 6-0 and 6-0.
Staples and Woodard began their run through the bracket by defeating Keali Martindale and Alyssa Brown of Fordyce 6-1 and 6-3. In the second round they ran into some familiar foes, as they defeated Cara Johnson and Maggie Couch of Corning 6-0 and 6-0. In the semifinals, Staples/Woodard defeated Mary Claire Patton and Haley Pruett of Episcopal Collegiate 6-1 and 6-2. In the championship match, they lost to highly touted Lily Jackson and Melissa Tabor Episcopal Collegiate 6-0 and 6-0. With the top two finish Staples and Woodard qualified for this week's overall. They were slated to play at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 28, against Hannah Lovrien and Ally Lofrin of Brookland.
Meanwhile, the Piggott boys' tennis team finished in third place behind champions Episcopal Collegiate and runner-ups Valley Springs. This marked Episcopal's eighth title in nine years, as Piggott was the only team to break their streak when the Mohawks earned the state title in 2012.
In singles play, the Mohawk's Tyler Peters lost to Dylan Anderson, of Jessieville 7-5 and 6-2 in the first round.
But, in doubles play the Mohawk's Kyle Allman and Quinton Mauldin made a strong showing, resulting in their second place finish. In the first round they beat Nick Ross and Johnny Reed of McGehee 6-3 and 6-0. They followed that up with a win over Cade Beckwith and Jayden Howell of Bismarck 6-1 and 6-3. In the semi-finals they faced another duo from Jessieville, as they beat Alex Burleson and Dalton McCloud 6-3 and 7-5.
In the championship match the Piggott duo stumbled, falling to Jack Nolan and Evan Strauss of Episcopal Collegiate 6-2 and 6-0.
The runner-up finish for Allman and Mauldin also netted them a spot in this week's overall at North Little. They were scheduled to play their first round match at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 28, as they were slated to take on Smith Ney and Skylar Hudson of Shiloh Christian.
"I was really proud of the kids, they did a great job," longtime Mohawk tennis coach Paul Seegraves said of the performances.
Complete details on the overall tournament may be found on the Arkansas Activities Association website at www.ahsaa.org Results will also be published in the Nov. 4, print and online editions of the CCTD.