2015 has been a season of resurgence in high school tennis at Coffee County Central High School. After finishing in 5th place last year, and out of the postseason tournament, the Lady Raiders were 1 match win away from a district title on Monday night before falling to Shelbyville 4 to 3. Now, with the attention on the postseason, the Lady Raiders will host a district tournament match next week against Lincoln County after their 2nd place district finish. That match will take place on Tuesday or Wednesday at Fred Deadman Park. A District tournament championship would advance the Lady Raiders to the Region tournament and one step closer to their first ever state tournament appearance in team competition.
In the girls’ doubles district tournament, Coffee County’s Alec Crossland and Savannah Hodge earned a #1 seed and will get a bye in the first round. Coffee County’s team of Kayla Wright and Ali Shelton will take on the #3 seeded team of Columbia in the first round matches set to get underway at 10 AM at Sewanee. In boy’s doubles tournament, Jay and Shlip Patel will take on Columbia’s #2 team while the team of Easton Mai and Trevor Ivy-Bodman tangle with Lincoln County’s #1 team. Those matches also get underway at 10 AM on Thursday with the semifinals and finals scheduled to start on Friday at 10 AM.
In the single’s district tournament, the Lady Raiders will be represented by Karlee Reed and Maddie Taylor. Reed, who received the # 3 overall seed will take on Nikki Martin, while Taylor drew Chelsea Barnes. In boys singles, Walker Seagroves and Will Davis will represent the Red Raiders. Seagroves opens with Carter Voss of Lawrence County while Davis drew Eli Miller of Shelbyville. The singles tournament runs concurrently with the doubles tournament and will begin at 10 AM on Thursday at Sewanee. The semifinal and finals rounds begin at 10 AM on Friday.
Members of the CHS Tennis team will be the guests on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show heard here on Thunder Radio. The show airs live at 10 AM from AL White Ford/Lincoln. Come congratulate the Raider netters on their season long accomplishments and meet them along with Coach Mike Ray.