Soddy Daisy Girls Claim Region 3 Tennis Crown

Defeat Rhea County, 4-2

Thursday, May 08, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

DAYTON - Soddy Daisy girls tennis coach Lorri Johnson and her band of sisters have a goal of making three trips to play key matches in Murfreesboro this season.

In early April, the Trojans won the Oakland Invitational at the Old Forte Tennis Complex (site of Spring Fling in Murfreesboro) and Thursday they secured plans for trip No.2 with a 4-2 win against host Rhea County here for the Region 3 title.

Soddy Daisy will head north on I-24 next week for a sectional match against three-time defending sectional champ Siegel with the winner advancing to Spring Fling state tournament May 21-24 also at Old Forte.

"We played well today and grateful for the win, but Rhea County is a tough opponent," said coach Johnson.

"We know Siegel will be a strong opponent next week and we have to be at our best."

The Trojans took a 3-0 lead with singles wins at Nos.2-3-1 in that order (Chloe Mitchell, Abigail Ellis and Olivia Crawley) before the Eagles stormed back to win a pair of three setters at the bottom of the line-up (No.5 Katelyn Travis, No.4 Lindsay Smith).

Soddy Daisy then sealed the win with an 8-2 win at No.1 doubles (Mitchell-Ellis) to improve to 13-0, while Rhea County(13-1) suffered its first loss of the season.

"It was a good match between two strong teams and good sportsmanship shown by all players," said Rhea County coach Lil Andrews who earned her 250th career win last week in the district semis.

Soddy Daisy vs. Siegel ... Siegel has won the last three sectional titles, including a 4-1 win against Soddy Daisy last year... The Stars of coach Jeff Martin have win 10 straight region title matches, all by 4-0 scores, including a 4-0 triumph against Columbia Wednesday ...  Siegel won a state title in 2008.

Off to College: Siegel's Marisa Kovach (No1.) will play at Bellarmine next year ...

The Trojans' Abigail Ellis has committed to Tenn. Wesleyan and will sign scholarship papers next week.

"I am excited about the opportunity to play at Tenn. Wesleyan next year and plan to study business and marketing," said Ellis who carries a 3.4 GPA and is team captain.

Soddy Daisy 4, Rhea County 2

singles

1 Olivia Crawley (SD) def. Lexi Bowman, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)

2 Chloe Mitchell (SD) def. Shayla Bradley, 6-4, 6-1

3 Abigail Ellis (SD) def. Mallory McWherrer, 6-4, 6-0

4 Lindsay Smith (RC) def. Katelynn Coyner, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3

5 Katelyn Travis (RC) def. Kacey Stephens, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-1

order of finish: 2-3-1-5-4

doubles

1 Mitchell-Ellis (SD) def. Bowman-McWherrer, 8-2

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

 

 


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