Eagle tennis claims openers

Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's been a solid week of on-court action for the Shelbyville Central Golden' Eagle tennis team. On Tuesday, the Eagles picked up a 6-1 win over Tullahoma and added a 6-3 win over Riverdale on Wednesday afternoon.

On Tuesday against the Wildcats, the Eagles notched five wins in singles action with Jonathan Smotherman defeating Dean Blanks 8-0. Taylor Peterman and Ben Morgan dispatched their respective opponents in singles by scores of 8-1 and 8-2, respectively. In the No. 4 flight, Carson Clanton had to battle to take down Austin Smith, but eventually picked up the 8-5 win.

Tyler Merlo suffered the only loss in singles at Tullahoma against Reed Gabriel, 8-2, but was able to rebound with Peterman in doubles to edge out a 9-7 win over their Wildcat opponents.

Merlo and Clanton picked up the second doubles win by a score of 8-4.

The Eaglettes, however, took a tough one on the chin Tuesday as they were defeated 2-5.

Tullahoma swept singles action, but Shelbyville was able to claim two wins in doubles via forfeit.

Eagles vs. Riverdale

On Wednesday, Shelbyville traveled to Riverdale and was able to split matches with the Warriors.

The Eagles moved to 2-0 as a team with a 6-3 win, while the Eaglettes fell 9-0.

In the No. 1 flight, Tyler Merlo fell behind after dropping the first set to Jesse Boles, but rallied for a 6-4 win in the second set, which pushed the match to a third set tiebreaker.

Although Merlo pushed Boles to the limit, he suffered the loss, 4-6, 7-4, 10-5.

Similarly, Jonathan Smotherman found himself in a grueling marathon match against Austin McKissack. Smotherman, though fighting to the bitter end, took the defeat 7-5, 3-6, 10-8.

Fortunes changed for Shelbyville with Taylor Peterman's singles match, however.

After dropping his first set 2-6, he rallied for wins 6-4 and 10-6 in the second and third sets to claim the win at the No. 3 flight.

Clanton and teammate Eddie Green picked up the final two singles victories by scores of 8-4.

While singles were a battle, Shelbyville swept doubles competition to take the second victory of the season.

Eaglettes vs. Riverdale

For the Eaglettes, Wednesday was another struggle to find success as Shelbyville suffered a 9-0 loss.

Although it was a struggle for the Eaglettes against the Lady Warriors, Shelbyville was still able to win several individual games during both singles and doubles action.

Victoria Dugan battled No. 1 Taylor Nelson, but was defeated 6-1, 6-1. Kaitlyn Richardson also competed well for the Eaglettes at the No. 2 spot, but was defeated 6-2, 6-1.

Sydney Cooper hit the court in the No. 3 flight, but was dealt a 6-2, 6-2 loss.

Madison Brown, Lynette Mejia, and Arin Harwell rounded out the singles matches for the Eaglettes on Wednesday.

In doubles, Shelbyville dropped the first two matches by scores of 8-3, and 8-1, but pushed Riverdale to the brink in a thriller in the No. 3 flight. However, the Eaglettes couldn't finish off a tenacious Lady Warrior team and took the 9-8 defeat.

Shelbyville will be on its home court at H.V. Griffin Park this afternoon when Franklin County visits the Eagles for a match at 4 p.m.