The Glenbrook Apache Netters recently hosted the Tallulah Trojans in a district doubleheader match, earning wins in both matches. Results of the 4-3 and the 7-1 victories are as follows.
Schuyler Powell, the Apache’s No. 1 player, defeated Gentry Tullos 6-0, 6-1. Afterwards, Powell defeated Walker Sullivan 6-1, 6-1. “Schuyler used penetrating ground-stokes, putting his opponents on the defensive,” Orr said. “They took advantage of unforced errors to claim the wins.”
Justin Le, playing the No. 2 position, defeated, defeated Grady Sevier 6-3, 6-3.
“Justin played because the visitors’ team consists of more boys; I wanted each of their players to have a chance to compete,” Orr said.
Amelia Christy and Catherine Willis, playing the No. 1 and the No. 2 positions, respectively, claimed double wins in the match. Christy defeated Sidnee Holmes 6-0, 6-0 and Sara Kennedy 6-0, 6-0. Willis defeated Maddie Collins 6-0, 6-0 and Morgan McCormick 6-0, 6-0. “Christy and Willis are simply older and are much more match-experienced,” Orr said.
The team of Johnny Law Flournoy and John Curtis Brow continued their winning match record with 6-0, 6-0 defeats of Graham Beene and Grady Sevier and 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Graham Beene and Carter Sullivan.
“These youngsters are beginning to exert their game and to let their opponents be aware that they will not beat themselves,” Orr said.
“These two matches were the most closely-contested ones of the competition. Each player was focused and was determined to earn points and to reduce the unforced errors,” Orr said. Abigail Gilbert and Justin Le were defeated by Maddi Oliver and Taylor Antley, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6). In the second match, Gilbert teamed with Schuyler Powell to defeat Oliver and Antley 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9). “Breaks of serve and the inability to string games together led to our defeat in the first match. However, both matches showcased some excellent volleying and some good match-play,” added Orr.
The Apaches’ No. 1 duo of Evie Walker and Katharyn Woodard split in their matches; both were decided by a few timely-earned points. Walker and Woodard were defeated by Blake Sullivan and BriAnna Antley 4-6. 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) in the first match. The second match was a straight sets win for Walker and Woodard by scores of 6-4, 6-4. “These two seventh-graders are exhibiting the type of doubles play that can perhaps mesh into a very competitive duo,” Orr said. “I was well pleased with their play.”
In the No. 2 position the team of Darbi alker and Mary-Evelyn King were defeated by Molly Givens and Hayley Fortenberry 6-1, 6-1 and were later defeated by Givens and Fortenberry in a match that hinged on an inability to hold serve — 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8).
“I am appreciative of the desire and the dedication of the girls,” Orr said. “We may just be able to count our girls among the regional competitors.”