DHS tennis falls short at state

Published 8:32 pm Monday, April 22, 2013

The Demopolis High School tennis team’s season has come to an end.

The team was in Decatur on Monday for the state tennis tournament, but all singles and doubles were eliminated by the end of the first day of the two-day event.

Head coach Clay Massey said he was proud of the team and their effort in the state tournament.

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“I’m really proud of the guys,” he said. “We competed and got after it. This was the second-best we’ve played all season, but it just wasn’t quite enough to get the job done.”

The team’s No. 1 seed, Logan Boone, received a first-round bye. In his second-round match, he faced Tanner Sankey from St. Paul’s. He fell to Sankey 6-2, 6-4.

The Tigers’ No. 2 seeded player, Kyle Woodruff, fell in his first-round match against Cullman’s Baylor Adams, 6-2, 6-0. Briarwood’s Lukas Castellanos defeated Demopolis’ No. 3 seed, Chance Martin by a score of 6-1, 6-1. Carson Parten fell to St. Paul’s Benton Weinacker, Garrett Miller came up short against Boaz’s Jarrod Lowery, and Will Webb fell to Cullman’s Matthew Davis.

On the doubles side, the Tigers’ No. 1 seed team of Boone and Martin came up short against Russellville’s No. 1 team in the first round. The No. 2 Demopolis team of Woodruff and Parten defeated Valley’s team 7-5, 6-4 in the first round before dropping the round two match to Russellville. The No. 3 seeded team for Demopolis of Miller and Webb came up short against Benjamin Russell’s team, 6-3, 7-6.

“We were competitive all day long, but it just wasn’t quite enough,” Massey said.

Going into next year, the Tigers will lose their top seed in Logan, as well as Martin.

“Logan and Chance have been the clear leaders of this team all season,” Massey said. “Someone will have to step into those roles next season, but we have a lot to build on. We have a good foundation coming back.”