Tiger tennis takes 9th at state tourney

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 3, 2007

After the girls took first place and the boys took second at the sectionals in Troy last week, the Greenville High tennis team traveled to Mobile for the Class 5A State Tournament Monday and Tuesday and took ninth overall.

The Tigers edged out Carroll-Ozark, Sylacauga and Pleasant Grove to take the Top 10 spot.

&#8220I'm so proud, I'm like walking on air,” Greenville head coach William Champion said. &#8220It's the desire of these kids to win and play tennis that has taken them this far.”

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According to Champion, this is the first time in Greenville tennis history that both the girls and boys teams have advanced to the State Tournament.

&#8220That's a pretty awesome thing,” Champion said.

Although no individual Tiger player took home a championship, three girls won a singles match and two boys won a doubles match.

For the girls, Nicole Pouncey, Mesha Ashley and Carrie Victoria each won, giving Greenville some total team points.

&#8220Nicole played excellent, Mesha played excellent and Carrie played a great match,” Champion said.

On the boys' side, Kyle Foster and Hayden Duke won their first double match for the Tigers in dominating fashion.

&#8220They took total control of the match,” Champion said.

Even though several players are graduating from this year's squad, Champion said the future of Greenville tennis is bright.