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PREP TENNIS: Tullahoma wraps up regular season with matches at Lincoln County and Columbia

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Tullahoma's Carlos Whited returns a shot against Lincoln County on Thursday. (Photo by Paul Henry, The Elk Valley Times)

The Tullahoma High School boys and girls tennis teams wrapped up their regular season with a pair of matches last week, as the two squads faced Columbia Central and Lincoln County.

On Thursday in Fayetteville, the Lady Cats beat Lincoln County 4-3, while the Wildcats won 5-2. Wednesday afternoon in Columbia, a shorthanded THS girls team lost its only match of the season, falling to the Lady Lions 4-3. Tullahoma’s boys fell to the Lions 6-1.

Tullahoma played without Laura Burke in both matches. Burke, who was out due to an illness, has been lined up at either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot for Tullahoma’s singles, or playing at No. 1 doubles all season.

Meanwhile, Tullahoma’s Taylor Myers, who has solidified the middle of Tullahoma’s lineup, wrapped up a perfect regular season with two more wins last week. Myers is a senior playing her first season with the THS tennis team.

“Taylor Myers went 11-0 on the year — the only undefeated player on the team,” said Tullahoma head coach Corey Searcy.

Added assistant coach Maureen Burke, “We should make sure and give credit to Taylor Myers for being completely undefeated this entire season.”

Myers, playing at the No. 3 spot both Wednesday and Thursday, rolled to 8-0 wins over both of her opponents.

In Fayetteville, Patsy Terry, Myers, Ann Marie Lawson and Marissa Powers each won. Both of Lincoln County’s doubles team beat THS. Myers and Terry lost 9-7; Lawson and Powers lost 8-7.

Winners in boys singles action on Thursday included Kenton Culbertson, Reed Gabriel and Caleb Olive. Tullahoma boys doubles teams of Culbertson/Carlos Whited and Gabriel/J.P. Fraley both picked up 8-2 victories.

Laura Burke’s absence was more noticeable at Columbia in Wednesday, when the Lady Wildcats lost their only match of the season.

Abby Tackett dropped a tough decision at No. 1, falling 9-7. Terry, who is the Lady Cats’ only other senior, and Myers were the only winners in singles play. Myers and Terry paired to win their doubles match as well.

Gabriel was the lone winner for the Tullahoma boys as he notched an 8-5 win in singles play.

Tullahoma is now preparing for the District 8-AAA tournament, which will begin Thursday in Sewanee at the University of the South. Tullahoma’s girls team finished with a 10-1 record, while the boys finished at 7-4.


By ROBERT HOLMAN, Sports Editor (tnsprted@lcs.net)