Baylor Girls, St. Xavier Boys Lead Rotary Tennis

Friday, April 4, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Pre-tournament favorites and defending champions Baylor girls and St. Xavier (Ky.) boys lead their respective A Divisions after the first day of the 58th Chattanooga Rotary Tennis Tournament. Huntsville boys and Christian Academy of Knoxville girls lead the B Divisions.

Saturday Morning Finals: Championship Saturday starts off with singles finals at 8:30 at three sites – Girls and Boys A finals at Baylor … Girls B at GPS and Boys B at McCallie.

Boys and Girls B Doubles finals are at 10 a.m., while Boys and Girls A Division doubles semis are in the late morning and finals at 1 p.m.

Girls A Division: Three-time defending champion Baylor (13 pts.) leads second place McCracken (Ky.) (9.5 pts.) and Mountain Brook (9 pts) after day one in the eight-team field.

Baylor has four singles finalists in Harper Caswell (No.2), Maggie Crumbliss (No.3), McCall Morgan (No.4) and Drew Hawkins (No.5) … No.1 Samantha Caswell lost in the semis to Michelle McKamey (McCracken).

Girls B Division: The city of Knoxville is dominating this division as Christian Academy of Knoxville leads the way with 13.5 points and five singles finalists and one doubles in the finals. Knox Webb (12) and Knox Catholic (11) are in second and third … CAK meets each Webb and Knox Catholic in two singles finals while Webb meets each of the other two Knoxville schools in doubles.

Chattanooga Christian is fourth with 8.5 pts and has Hannah Henry (No.1) and Lizzy Hoffecker (No.6) in the singles finals.

Boys A Division: Defending Rotary and Kentucky state champ St. Xavier has four singles finalists and two in the doubles semis, while McCallie (10.5) has three singles finalists and three doubles teams in the semis. McCallie finalists are Turner Voges (No.2), Luke Orthner (No.4) and Taylor Burgan (No. 5)

Boys B Division: Huntsville ran the table the first day with a maximum 18 points as all six singles and three doubles earned their way to the finals … Randolph is second with 11 points and three singles finalists.

Players Worth Watching:
Girls A Singles – No.1  …. McCracken freshman Michelle McKamey defeated top seeded and defending Rotary and TSSAA state singles champion Samantha Caswell (Baylor), 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8) in the semis … The unseeded McKamey also defeated the No.4 seeded Gracie Donoghue (St. Mary’s), 6-4, 6-4) in the quarters … she faces No. 2 seed Carlee Petro (Mtn Brook) in the finals at 8:30 a.m. 

Girls B Doubles – No.1 Anna Cameron-Allwyn Fisher (Signal Mtn) rallied to defeat Hannah Henry-Caroline Redberg (Chattanooga Christian), 8-6 … The Signal Mtn duo trailed 4-1 before a rain delay the won seven of the last nine games for the win

Boys A Singles … No.6 - The No.2 seeded David Faulkner (Mtn Brook) defeated McCallie’s Conner O’Brien (No.3 seed), in a marathon match, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) and 12-10 … O’Brien won a tough quarters in singles and also won 8-4 in doubles quarters

Girls A Singles … No.1 – No.3 seed Emma Burgess (Huntsville) had a long day … winning a 3-setter in the quarters and losing a 3-setter in the semis … and then teamed with Ashley Coots for an 8-6 winner in doubles

Flying High: Tenn High junior Matt Henson had a tough day taking on the top seed in singles and doubles … Henson lost to No. 1 seed Brandon Lancaster (St. Xavier) 6-3, 6-3 in the semis and then he and teammate Jacob Marshall lost to top seeds Lancaster-Singerman (St.X), 8-6, in a hard fought match …not one to duck the tough opponents, Henson was a 2013 state runner-up to nationally-ranked Maxx Lipman (Brentwood) in the state finals.

Henson is a junior with a 3.4 GPA with plans to attend the Air Force Academy in the fall of 2016 and has a dream of following his grandfather and uncle in becoming a pilot … he is also following his parents in athletics as they both played tennis at King College … his mom, Jennifer played two years on the men’s team, until the school formed a varsity women’s team prior to her junior year.

Girls A Division

Teams: Baylor (Bay), Girls Preparatory School (GPS), Harpeth Hall (HH),  Hutchison (Hutch), Huntsvlle (Hunt), McCracken (McCrack), Mtn Brook (Mtn B), St. Mary’s (St. M),  

Standings: Baylor (13), McCracken (9.5), Mountain Brook (9), Harpeth Hall (5.5), GPS (5.5), Hutchison (4.5), Huntsville (3.5), St. Mary’s (3.5)


No.1 (1) Samantha Caswell def. Hannah Maclellan (HH), 6-2, 6-2; Michelle McKamey (McCrack) def. Gracie Donoghue (Hutch), 6-4, 6-4; (3) Emma Burgess (Hunt) def. Carmen Saab (St. M), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8; (2) Carlee Petro (Mtn B). def. Michelle Fleenor (GPS), 6-2, 6-2

Semifinals: McKamey (McCrack) def. (1) S. Caswell (Bay), 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8; (2) Petro (Mtn B) def. Burgess (Hunt), 6-2, 5-7, 10-2

No.2 (1) Carmen Saab (St. Mary’s) def. Madelyn Kauffman (McCrack), 4-6, 6-2, 10-7; Lizzy LeBleu (HH) def. (4) Ashley Coots (Hunt), 3-6, 6-2, 10-3; Jennie McBrayer (GPS) def. Mary  Grizzle (Mtn B),   ; (2) Harper Caswell (Bay) def. Grace Garrott (Hutch), 6-4, 6-2

Semifinals: LeBleu (HH) def. (1) Saab (St. M), 7-6 (4), 6-2; (2) H Caswell (Bay) def. McBrayer (GPS), 6-2, 6-4

No.3 Maddox Bandy (GPS) def. (1) Emma Alsup (HH), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10-5; Taylor Sprouse (McCrack) def. (4) Caroline Culpepper (St.M), 6-3 7-5; (3) Olivia Howe (Mtn B) def. Claire Chandler (Hutch), ; (2) Maggie Crumbliss (Bay) def. Grace Forbes (Hunt), 6-3, 6-4

Semifinals: Sprouse (McCrack) def. Bandy (GPS), 6-3, 6-3; (2) Crumbliss (Bay) def. (3) Howe (Mtn B), 6-3, 6-3

No.4 (1) McCall Morgan (Bay) def. Danielle Simms (GPS), 6-3, 6-4; Eliza Sims (Hutch) def. (3) Sarah Cooper (Mtn B), 6-4 6-4; Emma Reineke (HH) def. (4) Lilly Saab (St.M), 6-2, 7-5; Mesa Trimm (McCrack) def. (2) Renee Melkerson (Hunt), 6-2, 6-2

Semifinals: (1) Morgan (Bay) def. Sims, 6-2, 6-3; Trimm (McCrack) def. Reineke (HH), 6-2 6-2ko (

No.5 (1) Drew Hawkins (Bay) def. Lil Kilgore (Mtn B),   Analisa Stratienko (GPS) def.  (3) Bree Beckwith (Hunt); Francie George (Hutch) def. (4_ Makensie Ellerman(McCrack), 6-2, 7-6 (4); (2) Lizzie Apple (St.M) def. Julia Nahley (HH),

Semifinals: (1) Hawkins (Bay) def. Stratienko (GPS), 6-3, 6-2; George (Hutch) def. (2) Apple (St. M), 6-3, 6-4

No.6 (1) McKenna Garneau (McCrack) def. Christine Coffman (Hunt), 6-2 6-2; (3) Caroline Hastings (Hutch) def. Virginia Hammond (GPS), 7-5,6-3; Elinor Anthony (Mtn Brook) def. Grace Marr (St.M), 6-3, 6-3 (2) Ashton Jenne (Bay) def. Grace Claybrook (HH), 6-8-13 6-3

Semifinals: (1) Garneau (McCrack) def. (3) Hastings (Hutch), 7-5, 6-3; Anthony (Mtn B) def. (2) Jenne (Bay)


No.1 (1) S. Caswell-Morgan (Bay) def. McCaghren-Saab (St.M) , 8-4; (3) Burgess-Coots (Hunt) def. Fleenor-McBrayer (GPS), 8-6; (4) Alsup-Maclellan (HH) def. Adams-Trimm (McCrack), 8-1; (2) Grizzle-Petro (Mtn B) def. Donoghue-George (Hutch), 8-3

No.2 (1) Bandy-Thorstenson (GPS) def. Garrott-Sims (Hutch), 8-3; Howe-Kilgore (Mtn B) def. Forbes-Melkerson (Hunt), 8-6; (3) Apple-Culpepper (St. M) def. Reineke-LeBleu (HH), 8-3 (2) H Caswell-Jenne (Bay) def. Fischer-Paot (McCrack), 8-1

No.3 (1) Crumbliss-Hawkins (Bay) def. Chandler-Hastings (Hutch), 8-1; Simms-Stratienko (GPS) def. Davis-Claybrook (HH), 8-0; Poat-Shiben (McCrack) def. Beckwith-Coffman (Hunt), 8-5; Cooper-Sours (Mtn B) def. Marr-Saab (St. M), 8-3  

Girls B Division

Teams: Chattanooga Christian School (CCS), Christian Academy of Knox (CAK), Knox Catholic (KC), Randolph (Rand), Science Hill (SH), Signal Mtn (Signal Mtn), Univ School of Jackson (USJ),  Webb (Webb),

Standings: CAK (13.5), Webb (12), Knox Catholic (11), CCS (8.5), Randolph (5), Signal Mtn (4), USJ (3.5), Science Hill (0.5)

Boys A Division

Teams: Baylor (Bay), Knox Catholic (KC),  McCallie (McC), McCracken (McCrack), Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA), Mountain Brook (Mtn B), St. Xavier (St.X), Tenn High (T-High), Boys B Singles

Standings: St. Xavier (13), McCallie (10.5), MBA (8.5), Baylor (6.5), Mtn Brook (6.5), McCracken (4), Tenn High (2.5), Knox Catholic (2.5)


No.1 Brandon Lancaster (St.X) def. Marko Mandic (Bay), 6-4, 6-3; Matt Henson (T-High) def. Cody Gubn (McC),    Jacob Weinacker (Mtn B) def. Tommy Hagan (McCrack), 6-2, 2-6, 10-5; Kalyan Chadalavada (MBA) def. Stephen Lorino (KC), 6-2, 6-2

Semifinals: (1) Lancaster (St.X) def. Henson (T-High), 6-3, 6-3; (2) Chadalavada (MBA) def. Weinacker (Mtn B), 6-4, 6-4

No.2 Turner Voges (McC) def. Sam Lidikay (Mtn B), 6-2, 6-2; Mat Townsen (McCrack), def. Fred Harwell (MBA), 6-4, 6-2; Jacob Marshall (T-High) def. jack Gray (Bay), 4-6, 6-2, 12-10; Drew Singerman (St. X) def. Michael Aleman (KC), 6-2, 6-2

Semifinals: (1) Voges (McC) def. (4) Townsen (McCrack), 6-2, 6-4; (2) Singerman (St. X) def. Marshall (T-High), 6-2, 6-2

No.3 (1) Nick Waldeck (St.X) def. Logan McKinney (McCrack), 6-2, 6-3; George Harwell (MBA) def. Ben Shearer (Mtn B), 6-3, 6-4; (3) Jacob Lorino (KC) def. Charlie Moseley (T-High), 4-6, 7-5, 10-5; (2) Chad Woodham (Bay) def. Carter Eaves (McC), 6-2, 6-3

Semifinals: Harwell (MBA) def. Waldeck (St. X), 6-4 6-4; Wood (Bay) def. Lorino (KC), 6-4, 7-5

No.4 (1) Luke Orthner (McC) def. Mitchell Jostes (KC), 4-6, 6-2, 10-8; (4) Yates Jackson (Mtn B) def Landin Davis (McCrack), 6-4, 6-3; (3) Tarun Malipeddi (MBA) def. Austin Henson (T-High), 6-2, 6-2; Matt Graft (St.X) def. (2) Cooper Long (Bay), 7-6, 4-6, 10-6

Semifinals: (1) Orthner (McC) def. Jackson (Mtn B), 6-2 6-3; Graft (St. X) def. (2) Long (Bay), 7-5, 4-6, 10-6

No.5 (1) Coleman Cox (St.X) def. Nathan Willis (T-High), 6-2,6-2; (4) Stewie Austin (Ba) def. Vincent Shiben (McCrack), 6-3, 6-4; (3) Taylor Burgan (McC) def. Johnathan Chavez (KC), 6-4, 6-2; Paul Jones (Mtn B) def. Wilson Vaughan (MBA), 7-6, 6-4

Semifinals: (1) Cox (St.X) def. (4) Austin (Bay), 6-2, 6-2; (3) Burgan (McC) def. (2) Jones (Mtn B), 6-2, 6-2

No.6  (1) Nick Quinones (St. X) def. Matt Holloway (KC), 6-3, 7-5 (4) Ben Ramon (MBA) def. Thomas Jackson (T-High), 6-3, 6-2; (3) Conner O’Brien (McC) def. Alex Kadrie (Bay) , 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; (2) David Faulkner (Mtn B) def. Grant Hammons (McCrack), 7-5, 6-3

Semifinals: (1) Quinones (St.X) def. (4) Ramon (MBA); (2) Faulkner (Mtn B) def. (3) O’Brien (McC), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 12-10

Boys B Division

Teams: Christian Academy of Knox (CAK), Hixson (Hix), Huntsville (Hunt), Randolph (Rand), Science Hill (SH), Signal Mtn (Signal Mtn), Univ. School of Jackson (USJ), Webb (Webb)

Standings: Huntsville (18), Randolph (11), Science Hill (8.5), USJ (8.5), CAK (6), Signal Mtn (3.5), Hixson (3.5), Webb (2.5)


No.1: Lucas Damian (Hunt) def. Preston Yoon (Webb), 6-4, 6-3; Tanner DeBord (CAK) def. Jason Morris (Signal Mtn.), 7-5, 6-7 10-3; Owen Averbuch (Rand) def. Alex Condra (Hix), 6-2, 6-4; George Markos (USJ) def. Colin Ice (SH), 6-2, 6-2

Semifinals: Damian (Hunt) def. DeBord (CAK), 6-4, 6-3; Markos (USJ) def. Averbuch (Rand), 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 10-7

No.2 Ethan Fussell (CAK) def. Thomas Young (SH) 3-6, 6-3, 10-1; Grant Ginsburg (Rand) def. Fausto Rollhauser (Webb), 6-3, 6-2; Anthony Pellegrini (Hunt) def. Richard Vuong (Hix), 6-2, 6-3; Harrison Norton (USJ) def. Luke Blentlinger (Signal Mtn), 6-3, 6-2

Semifinals: Fussell (CAK) def. Ginsburg (Rand), 4-6, 6-2, 10-3; Pellegrini (Hunt) def. Norton (USJ), 7-6, 6-3

No.3 Joe Lastovic (Rand) def. Josh Current (CAK), 7-5, 6-7, 11-9; Zack Brown (Signal Mtn) def. Kevin Nguyen (Hix), 6-3, 3-6, 10-1; Graham Taylor (USJ) def. Tony Romano (Webb), 6-4, 6-3; Jacob Bourland (Hunt) def. Parth Goenka (SH), 6-4 6-3

Semifinals: Lastovic (Rand) def. Brown (Signal Mtn), 4-6, 7-5, 11-9; Bourland (Hunt) def. Taylor (USJ), 6-2, 4-6, 10-7

No.4 Will Textor (Hunt) def. Alex Berube (Webb), 6-2, 6-2; Harrison Lioce (Rand) def. Alex Robbins (CAK), 6-2, 3-6, 14-12; Carl Phillips def. Macaijah Tucker (Signal Mtn); Cameron Martin (SH) def. Paul Markos (USJ), 3-6, 6-4, 10-8)

Semifinals: Textor (Hunt) def. Lioce (Rand), 6-2, 7-5; Martin (SH) def. Phillips (Hix), 2-6, 6-4, 10-7

No.5 Will Cook (Hunt) def Russell Wilder (Webb), 6-3, 6-3); Fulton Robinson (SH) def. Grant Williams (Signal Mtn), 7-5, 7-5; Eric Talac (USJ) def. Ethan Gossett (Hix), 7-6, 6-2; Koray Davis (Rand) def. Beau Houser (CAK), 4-6, 6-2, 10-4

Semifinals: Cook (Hunt) def. Robinson (SH), 6-3, 6-2; Davis (Rand) def. Talac (USJ), 6-4, 6-4

No.6 Sean Davis (Rand) def. Thomas Richardson (SH), 6-2, 6-3; Thomas Thelen (Signal Mtn) def. Jacob Denbrock (USJ), 6-3, 6-3; Jonathan Carroll (CAK) def. Camden Boring (Webb), 7-5, 6-3; Ethan Forbes (Hunt) def. Rivers DeFriese (Hix), 6-3 6-3

Semifinals: Davis (Rand) def. Thelen (Signal Mtn), 6-4, 6-2; Forbes (Hunt) def. Carroll (CAK), 6-2, 6-2;


No.1: Bourland-Damian (Hunt) def. Blentlinger-Morris (Sig Mtn), 8-3; G Markos-Norton (USJ) def. Averbuch-Ginsburg (Rand), 8-4; DeBord-Fussell (CAK) def. Condra-Yuong (Hix), 8-1; Berue-Yoon (Webb) def. Martin-Young (SH), 8-6

Semifinals: Bourland-Damian (Hunt) def. G markos-Norton (USJ), 8-3; DeBord-Fussell (CAK) def. Berube-Yoon (Webb), 8-3

No.2 Doubles: Goenka-Ice (SH) def. Brown-Tucker (Sig Mtn), 8-5; Cook-Pellegrini (Hunt), 8-0; P Markos-Taylor (USJ) def. Nguyen-Phillips (Hix), 8-2; Lastovic-Lioce (Rand) def. Current-Robbins (CAK), 8-5

Semifinals: Cook-Pellegrini (Hunt) def. Goenka-Ice (SH), 8-3; Lastovic-Lioce (Rand) ef. P Markos-Taylor (USJ), 8-6

No.3 K Davis-McFeely (Rand) def. Boring-Wilder (Webb), 9-7; Forbes-Sellers (Hunt) def. Thelen-Williams (Sig Mtn), 8-1; Denbrock-Talac (USJ) def. DeFriese-Gossett (Hix), 8-2; Richardson-Robinson (SH) def. Carroll-Houser (CAK), 8-6

Semifinals: Forbes-Sellers (Hunt) def. K Davis-McFeely (Rand), 8-4; Richardson-Robinson (SH) def. Denbrock-Talac (USJ), 8-6

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