Mohawk Tennis Faces Tough Competition

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Cooper Harris, of the Mohawk boys tennis team, in action against Riverside.(courtesy photo)

The Piggott Mohawk tennis teams took part in a tri-match with two state powerhouses last week, splitting with Harding Academy and falling to Riverside. On Thursday they split with Pocahontas and Corning in a match played at Corning.

Harding Academy

The Tribe took on the potent Harding Academy Wildcats last Monday at Allen Park in Jonesboro, with the girls falling 1-2 while the boys gained a 2-2 tie.

In girls singles play Emilee Seegraves beat Rachel Storey 6-0 while Kourtney Chadwell fell to Jasze Mason, who finished eighth in the state last year, 0-6. In doubles play, Erin Dixon and McCaleh Foulk fell to Allie Morris and Callie Moore 0-6.

As for the boys team, Caleb Higgins fell to Matt Francis 0-6 in singles play, while Andy Risner dropped his set with John Daniel Stewart 0-6. Francis had finished fifth in the state two years ago, but was injured last season. On the other hand, Stewart finished as the third ranked team in the state in 2015.

The Mohawks responded in doubles play, sweeping the Wildcats to gain the split. In the first set it was Josh Lyman and Carrington McDaniel over Reid Pace and Hayden Bailey, both state qualifiers last year, 6-4. And, in the second doubles match it was Cooper Harris and Michael Palmer beating Ben Moore and John Luke McGalliam 7-6 (7-5).

Riverside

The Mohawks also took on the Riverside Rebels, who moved up to 3A after finishing third in the state in 2A in 2015.

In girls singles play Seegraves beat McKenna Beach, who finished eighth in 2A last year, 6-0 while Chadwell fell to Lorri Hoffman 1-6. The Lady Rebels also took the doubles match, with Dixon and Foulk falling to Abby Baschell and Hattie Milligan, the state runner-ups in 2A doubles last year, 0-6.

As for the boys team, they were swept by the Riverside squad. Higgins fell to Zach Poe 4-6, Risner was downed by Hunter Rand 1-6 and Noah Fuller dropped his set with Matthew Frasier 0-6 in singles play.

The doubles play also went to Riverside, with Lyman and McDaniel falling to last year's 2A state champs, Joe Madigan and Gavin Stone, 2-6, while Harris and Palmer fell to the state runner-ups, Brandon Overman and Bryan Alston 0-6 and Kaleb Chadwell and Ashton Edwards dropped their set with Braxton Grant and Chandler Tate 0-6.

Pocahontas

The Tribe took on Pocahontas on Thursday, Sept. 15, as part of a tri-match with the Bobcats at Corning.

In girls singles play Seegraves fell to Anna Baltz 4-6, and in doubles action Chadwell and Foulk fell to Skylar Frasier and Brooke Spurlock 2-6.

The boys team fared a bit better against the Redskins, splitting the day. Palmer took the only singles match for the Tribe, 6-1 over Brooks Carter, while Higgins fell to Camalo Golac 2-6 and Risner fell to Chase McDonough 6-7 (1-7).

In doubles play the Mohawks got wins from Harris and Brier Staples, as they beat Landon Hanson and Kyle Maczmarski 7-6 (9-7) and from Palmer and Chadwell, 7-6 (7-3) over Drew Capps and Jake Wren. As for Lyman and McDaniel, they fell 1-6 to Ty McDonough and Trevor Overbay.

Corning

The Mohawks split in conference play with the Bobcats at Corning last Thursday, with the girls swept and the boys posting a win.

In girls singles play Seegraves got the lone win for the Tribe, beating hannah Blankenship 6-0. Meanwhile, Dixon fell to Allison Landreth, a state qualifier last year, 0-5; Chadwell was beaten by Kelsey Watson 0-6 and Foulk dropped her set with Tiger Lily 0-6.

In doubles play Chadwell and Foulk fell to Caitlyn Carpenter and Aleah Davis 2-5 and Dixon and Foulk fell to Maggie Couch and Cara Johnson 0-6. Last year three of the four were state qualifiers.

Meanwhile, the boys team split in singles play, with Harris beating Jay Leach 4-0 and Higgins falling to another former state-qualifier, Clint Hovis, 1-6. Lyman and McDaniel notched the match win with a 6-0 win in doubles play over Bryden Hewett and Luca Barajas.

Following the week of action the girls team extended their record to 5-5-1 while the boys squad moved to 5-3-3 overall. They were slated to take on Earle-Newport and Cedar Ridge in a match at Jonesboro on Monday, although details were not available as of press time.

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