McCallie Tennis Advances to State Finals

Meets MUS Wednesday

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

MURFREESBORO -- In another chapter of the long standing McCallie-MBA tennis rivalry, the Blue Tornado defeated the Nashville school 4-1 in a Spring Fling D-II AA state tournament semifinal match here Tuesday at the Old Fort Park Tennis Complex.

McCallie opened by winning the crucial doubles point, then captured singles matches at Nos. 5 (Taylor Burgin) and 6 (Conner O'Brien) before MBA secured a victory at No.3 (Fred Harwell). McCallie closed out the match as Cody Gubin won a three setter at No.1 with two matches still on the court.

"It was a tough, evenly played match and I am proud of our guys for a big win," said McCallie coach Eric Voges.

"The players were able to disregard the distracfions of the excitement of playing in the state semis and a lot of wind to focus on playing tennis."

State Finals: Wed,.12:30 p.m. McCallie vs. MUS

In the 100th anniversary season of McCallie tennis, this is the first time since 2010 that the Blue Tornado has played in the finals and the first time since 2008 to post two wins against MBA in the same season.

Last 10 State Titles, 2004-2013: McCallie (4), MBA (3), MUS (3)

McCallie 4, MBA 1

Doubles

Cody Gubin-Turner Voges (McC) def. Kaylan Chadalavada-George Harwell, 9-7

Fred Harwell-Tarun Mallipeddi (MBA) def. Luke Orthner-Carter Eaves, 8-3

Conner O’Brien-Taylor Burgan (McC) def. Wilson Vaughan-Ben Ramon, 8-2

Singles

Cody Gubin (McC) def.  Kaylan Chadalavada, 6-3, 5-7, 6-0

Fred Harwell (MBA) def. Luke Orthner, 6-1, 6-4

Taylor Burgan (McC) def. Alec Kadrie, 6-4, 6-4

Conner O’Brien (McC) def. Ben Ramon, 6-4, 6-2

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

 


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