Tennis Tigers drop matches

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers tennis teams suffered through two tough losses last week in matches against Loudon and Alcoa.

On the boys side, Rockwood lost by identical 7-2 scores against the Redskins and Tornadoes.

The good news for the Tigers came in the No. 1 and 2 singles matches as Derrick Lawson and Matheus Ferreira went undefeated.

Lawson beat Loudon’s Jonathan Lambert, 8-1, and Alcoa’s Selleck Watren, 8-0. Ferreira beat Loudon’s Dylan Shanks, 8-3, and Alcoa’s Marwan Eid, 8-0.

Ryan Hamby came close to picking up a victory for the Tigers against Loudon, but he came up just short as he dropped a 9-7 decision against Loudon’s Clay Harness. Hamby also dropped an 8-0 decision against Alcoa’s Chad Coulter.

Rockwood was short-handed against both the Redskins and Tornadoes and forfeited the remaining three matches in singles. The Tigers were also forced to forfeit two of the three matches in doubles.

Rockwood did have one duo compete in doubles as Ferreira and Hamby teamed-up. Ferreira and Hamby dropped an 8-3 decision against Loudon and an 8-6 decision against Alcoa.

The Lady Tigers were edged out by Loudon, 5-4, and they dropped a 7-2 decision against Alcoa.

Against Loudon, the Lady Tigers and Lady Redskins split the six matches in singles.

Rockwood’s victories came as Savannah Grant defeated Ellery Nief, 8-5; Kesney Lemons defeated Brianna Baker, 8-4; and Kristen Jolley defeated Morgan Cox, 8-0.

Loudon’s wins came as Christin Conner beat Tiffany LaRue, 8-2; Caressa Taylor beat Marissa Parker, 8-3; and Kayla Brown beat Callie Crabtree in a tiebreaker, 7-5.

In doubles, LaRue and Crabtree picked up an 8-0 victory, but Grant and Lemons suffered an 8-1 setback, and Courtney Shelton and Chelsea Kile dropped an 8-1 decision.

Against Alcoa, Rockwood two wins came via forfeit.

 In matches played, Grant, Rebecca Byers, LaRue, Crabtree and Parker all lost matches in singles while Grant and Byers along with LaRue and Crabtree lost in doubles,