Mohawk Tennis Team in 3A State Tourney

Thursday, October 27, 2016
All State selections for the Mohawk tennis teams this year included, from left: Carrington McDaniel, Emilee Seegraves and Josh Lyman.(courtesy photo)

In what has become a fall tradition, members of both the boys and girls Mohawk tennis teams took part in the 3A state tennis tournament, held Oct. 17 and 18, at Burns Park in North Little Rock. Competing this year in girl's singles play was Emilee Seegraves, while the doubles team of Carrington McDaniel and Josh Lyman represented the boy's squad.

Girls Singles

In the first round Seegraves defeated Hannah Weatherford (Bismarck) 6-1, 6-0. In the quarterfinal round, the matchup would be between two All-State players from last year, as both players were in the state semifinals last season. Despite a controversial seeding, which had them meeting in the second round, Seegraves defeated Jessica Shearman (Haas Hall Academy-Fayetteville) 6-2, 6-0.

Although she was ranked third the last two seasons at the state tournament, Seegraves was ranked fourth this season which unfortunately placed her in the semifinals against top seeded Lilly Jackson of Episcopal Collegiate School. Jackson, a junior, is ranked in the top four statewide as a college recruit, went on to defeat Seegraves 6-1 and 6-0.

Jackson then went on to win her third state title in the finals, and has only dropped four games in three years of state tourney play. In the team category, Episcopal Collegiate won their ninth consecutive championship, while the Mohawk's conference mates, Riverside, were the runner-ups followed by Haas Hall and then the Lady Mohawks in fourth.

This marks the 18th time the girls team has finished in the top 10 since the 1993.

Boys' Doubles

An incredible run by the doubles' team of Josh Lyman and Carrington McDaniel would make for an unbelievable story for the Tribe.. The duo almost didn't qualify for the state tournament due to their performance in the early rounds of the district tournament. As a result, they qualified as a fourth place finisher and were forced to take on a high seed in the first round of the state tourney. As the 14th seeds they would have to play third seeded McClard and Burleson of Jessieville, who finished third last year. But, the Mohawks would pull-off the biggest upset of this year's bracket, winning 6-4 and 6-0.

In quarterfinal playthey pulled off another upset, beating the sixth seed team of Cade Beckwith and Hayden Howell of Bismarck 6-4 and 6-3.

But, the Tribe's conference proved to be a strong one this year as three of the four final doubles teams included the Mohawks and two teams from Riverside. In the semi-finals Riverside's undefeated, and former Class 2A state championship doubles team of last season proved too strong, as they won 6-0 and 6-1.

For their performances both Lyman and McDaniel were also named as All-State selections.

In team standings, Episcopal won their eighth straight title in nine years, with the Mohawks serving as the only bump in the road as they took the 2012 championship. Riverside was the runner-ups, Haas Hall was third and the Mohawks finished fourth. This marks the Mohawks 11th top 10 finish since 1993.

Emilee Seegraves broke several school records this season for the girls team. She tied the season record for most matches played with 34 which is held also by Devyn Staples (2014). She also broke the record for most matches won in a season with 31, a record set by Staples in 2015. Another record that was broken is the most singles' wins in a season with 23. The record was shared by Hillary French (2007) and Devyn Staples (2014). Emilee also matched the season record for best winning doubles' percentage at 100 percent. Heather Smith (1997) and Hillary French (2005) also share the record. Emilee also broke two career records. Still a junior, she broke the record for most matches won in a career with 81. The record was 77 held by Hillary French (2005-2008). She improved her own record for best winning doubles' percentage in a career by winning 90.8 percent of the matches (2014-16). Josh Lyman also broke the boys' season record for most doubles' wins in a season with 18.The record was formerly held by Wesley Potts (1996) and Will Jett (2012)

Seegraves paced the team this year with a 31-3 record and was named Maxpreps Player of the Year. Other player's records were--Kourtney Chadwell 14-18. Erin Dixon 6-19. McCaleh Foulk 5-16. Alex McDaniel 3-3. Sophi Adams 2-5. Britany Hobbs 2-3. Georgina Bautista 1-1. The girls' team finished 12-9-3 and were District Runnerup and fourth in the state

As for the boy's team, Josh Lyman led the way with a 22-8 record and was named Maxpreps Player of the Year. The other player's records were--Carrington McDaniel 19-10. Cooper Harris 9-10. Michael Palmer 7-8. Andy Risner 7-15. Kaleb Chadwell 5-5. Noah Fuller 5-8. Brier Staples 3-3. Ashton Edwards 3-9. The boys' team finished 13-8-3 and were third in the district and fourth in the state.

"I'd like to offer my thanks to everyone who supported our teams this year," Coach Paul Seegraves said of the season. "Special thanks to all the support from the families, parents, players, school and the community. And, a big thank-you to the support we received from local businesses, on social media and in the Clay County Times-Democrat."

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