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GHS tennis has strong sectional showing

The Greenville High School tennis team traveled to Troy last week with head coach William Champion for the sectional tournament, and the boys returned with a second-place finish while the girls finished fourth.

Leading the way for the Tigers was No. 1 seed Mitch Young.

Young won his bracket by defeating Ozark’s Ben Snead (6-4, 6-3) and Troy’s Clay Berry in the finals (4-6, 7-6 [7-3], 6-3).

No. 2 seed Casey Tesmer also came out with a win in his bracket by defeating Ozark’s Rory Hubbard (6-2, 6-2) and Devantez Jackson of Troy (7-6 [7-3], 6-4).

Third seed David Caddell fought against Eufaula’s Matt Knight, but came up short by scores of (7-5, 3-6, 6-4).

However, No. 4 seed Will Corley kept the wins coming for the Tigers.

He topped Ozark’s Daniel Donaldson (6-4, 6-2) and Troy’s Jonathan Carswell (6-4, 6-2).

No. 5 seed Nathaniel Godwin defeated Carver’s Stanley Robinson (6-2, 6-1) and Valley’s Chase Fuller (5-7, 7-6 [7-4], 6-4) before falling to Troy’s Tim Foster (4-6, 6-3, 6-2).

Sixth seeded Andrew James won a hard-fought match against Kenyada White of Carver (7-6 [7-4], 6-7 [3-7], 6-4) before falling to Ian Butler of Ozark (6-1, 6-3).

Greenville also had success in the doubles department, with the Tigers taking two of the three brackets.

Young and Caddell claimed the No. 1 seed doubles bracket with wins over Troy and Ozark, while Tesmer and Corley won the No. 2 bracket with victories over Eufaula and Troy.

Ethan Dungan and Nathaniel Godwin fell to a team from Eufaula (3-6, 6-4, 7-6 [7-1]).

In girls’ action, No. 1 seed Connor Murphy-White was upset in her first round game by A. Viles of Ozark (6-2, 7-5).

After a strong start against Eufaula’s Abbott (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 seed Sarah Roper fell to Wallace of Ozark (6-4, 6-2).

No. 3 seed Ashley Tetter fell in the first round to eventual bracket winner J. Butts of Valley (4-5, 6-4, 6-1).

No. 4 seed Elizabeth Dicks defeated Troy’s Bhatti (7-6 [7-4], 6-2) before losing to Ozark’s Woodham (6-2, 6-4).

Fifth seed Sarah Leverette topped Hutchinson of Valley (7-6 [7-0], 6-1) before falling to Ozark’s Ortiz (6-7 [0-7], 6-3, 6-4).

No. 6 seed Kelsey Hobbs fell to Valley’s Williams (6-2, 4-6, 6-2) in her first match.

The No. 1 doubles team of Murphy-White and Roper was upset by Valley’s Hajek and Butts (7-5, 7-5), while the No. 2 team of Tetter and Dicks lost to Valley’s Butts and Knowles (7-6 [7-5], 1-6, 6-3).

The No. 3 team of Leverette and Perry Hamilton topped Eufaula’s Cummings and Ludlum (6-1, 6-0) before falling to Ozark’s Meeks and Woodham (6-4, 2-6, 7-5).