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Tiger tennis tops TCHS

The Demopolis High tennis team fared well in only its second overall outing and first home contest of the season Thursday, downing Tuscaloosa County High by a total match count of 11-7.

“I thought we matched up well,” Demopolis tennis coach Kyle Williams said. “Everyone who played, played hard. They showed they can stay with the best of them. I think we’ll have some tougher tasks down the road, but County High is a great team for us to stay with them, we did a great job.”

The girls draw saw Demopolis lose by a total of five matches to four. In singles competition, No. 1 seed Sidney Hill and No. 3 seed Sarah Martin Stapp each won their respective matches 8-6. No. 6 seed Anna Lowe picked up an 8-2 win. Shamoneka Collins, playing out of the No. 2 spot, fell 8-5. Tera Schroeder and Kate Boland also played seeded contest but dropped their matches.

In girls doubles, Hill and Shroeder picked up the only win, taking an 8-6 victory in the No. 2 slot. Collins and Stapp fell 8-4 in the No. 1 slot while Boland and Jenny Hurst lost 8-6 in the No. 3 hole.

On the boys side, Demopolis won by a total margin of 7-2. Walker McNeil picked up an 8-0 win in the No. 1 singles position. Neilsen Renner won 8-3 in the No. 2 slot. Neville Reid took an 8-3 win in the fifth spot while Drew Mercer picked up an 8-5 win in the No. 6 spot. Trent Blackwood fell 8-6 in the No. 4 hole while Logan Boone was outdistanced in the No. 3 spot.

Demopolis swept boys doubles action as McNeil and Renner won 8-0 out of the top seed. Boone and Blackwood won 8-5 in the No. 2 spot while Reid and Avery Duckworth took an 8-0 win in the No. 3 hole.

The team total means Demopolis has won both of its matches on the year after downing Bryant High School to open its season on Feb. 18.

“They’re doing a great job,” Williams said of his players. “Most of them are trying to balance something besides tennis with their schedules. We’ve got some that are in plays and some that play other sports. But they use their practice time wisely.”

The Tigers will have some time off next week for Spring Break before resuming practice the following week in preparation for their next competition date which comes when they host Bryant on March 25.