Thursday, May 10, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
In 2006, Walker Valley won its first district girls tennis title, beat Soddy Daisy for the region championship and advanced to the state final four losing to eventual champion Houston.
Wednesday, Walker Valley beat Soddy Daisy, 5-4, for the District 5-AAA net crown with hopes that more history repeats itself a half dozen years later.
First year coach Elaine Policastro’s Mustangs travel to Cookeville today for the Region 3-AAA title with the winner facing the Region 4 winner next week in a state quarterfinal match.
In Wednesday’s win, the Mustangs led 4-2 after singles, but had to win the final doubles match to claim the title.
The Trojans evened the match at 4-4 by winning Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, but the Walker Valley team of Jami Gibson and Wendi Watson claimed the victory at No.2 doubles.
“We are excited to win the district again and everybody did their job,” said first year coach Elaine Policastro.
“We have played Soddy Daisy four times this year and this is the first match in which we won four singles.”
Gibson and Watson were also the key to the district tournament championship on Tuesday and they beat Abigail Ellis and Rachel Hargis of Soddy Daisy in the semis for what proved to be the match which secured the tournament championship.
Gibson and Watson also won their singles matches Wednesday along with Maclain Yowarsky and Reed Jones. Gibson, Watson and Yowarsky are on the all-district team.
Soddy Daisy won the regular season and since the Mustangs won the district tournament, the two teams met again Wednesday for the District 5-AAA championship.
“We had a good season (15-3) and our only losses were to Walker Valley,” said Trojan coach Lorri Johnson. “We have some good players coming up from the middle school program who should make the lineup as ninth graders next year.”
Girls District 5-AAA
Walker Valley 5, Soddy Daisy 4
Maclain Yoewarsky (WV) def. Callie Brannon, 8-1
Wendi Watson (WV) def. Chloe Mitchell, 8-4
Olivia Holden (SD) def. Rachel Traver, 8-4
Reed Jones (WV) def. Alex Schafer, 8-5
Jami Gibson (WV) def. Abigail Ellis, 9-7
Rachel Hargis (SD) def. Kayla Beckler, 8-4
Brannon/Mitchell (SD) def. Yowarsku/Jones, 8-5
Watson/Gibsob (WV) def. Holden/Schafer, 8-4
Ellis/Hargis (SD) def. Tarver/Beckler, 8-1
Records: Walker Valley 10-6, Soddy Daisy 15-3
Ooltewah– Holly Humberger
Rhea Co – Addison Edwards, Melanie Johnston
Cleveland – Maddie Ohlsson
Soddy Daisy – Callie Brannon, Olivia Holden, Chloe Mitchell
Walker Vallley – Jami Gibson, MacLain Yowarsky, Wendi Watson
McMinn Co. – Taylor Thompson, Victoria Williams
Ooltewah – Bryson Lype, Kyle Molhusen
Rhea Co. – Nick McWherter, Zach Madewell
Cleveland – Alex Klibisz, Roy Callahan, Westin Laing, Zach Barringer
Walker Valley – Grant Yost
McMinn Co – Michael Barlok, Matthew Pannell
Soddy Daisy – Brandt Carson
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