Anna’s Coyotes and Lady Coyotes rallied to defeat Melissa, 10-9, on Monday, Sept. 11, at the Anna Sports Complex — a win that gave Anna its first 3-0 mark in school history, according to Anna head coach Vince Sharp.


The Lady Coyotes swept all six girls singles matches, while Melissa’s Cardinals took four of six boys singles matches. The Cards swept boys doubles, 3-0, while Anna’s girls won two of three girls doubles matches. Melissa prevailed in mixed doubles.


“Our kids competed really tough,” Melissa head coach Brad Crawford said. “I was proud of how hard we fought. We’re getting stronger every match.”


Going into singles play Anna was down, 5-2, needing to win eight of 12 remaining matches for victory this day. “After doubles, I had my doubts that we could still win,” Sharp said. “I looked at my assistant coach, Matthew Moyer, and said, ‘Let’s just coach them up. I feel like we can still do this.’ The kids just showed a ton of grit and determination. I haven’t been more proud of this team for the heart they showed.”


But Melissa would start singles play strong as well, pushing their lead to 7-3 after Zach Butterfield’s straight-set victory. That’s when Anna rolled to five consecutive wins, with Sydney Jones, Rowdy Lairson, Jesus Garrido, Mary Beth Geren and Hannah Heath all taking third-set tiebreakers after losing a first set.


The stretch was a slugfest: Melissa trailed, 8-7, when Cardinal Brandon Shipes’ win tied the match again. That was followed by Nalyn Koenig’s victory to put Anna on top, 9-8, and minutes later, Dawson Mercer answered with a Cards “W” to knot things again. In the end, it was Jewel Canty’s straight-set win over Melissa’s MacKenzie Wilkie that completed Anna’s 10-9 comeback triumph.


Individual results are below:


Boys doubles


1. Melissa’s Justin Mercer/John Lewis won, 6-4, 6-1, over Anna’s Rowdy Lairson/Luke Hansen


2. Melissa’s Brandon Shipes/Jake Fowler won, 6-3, 6-1, over Anna’s Jesus Garrido/Spencer May


3. Melissa’s Zach Butterfield/Bryan Williams won, 6-1, 6-2, over Anna’s Zackari Eade/Mason Massingill


Girls doubles


1. Anna’s Sydney Jones/Angel Dube won, 6-3, 6-3, over Melissa’s Lilly Hubbard/Megan Carr


2. Melissa’s Sarah Keeton/Sierra Thomas won, 6-4, 6-4, over Anna’s Mary Beth Geren/Hannah Heath


3. Anna’s Nalyn Koenig/Ally Fudge won, 6-0, 6-0, over Melissa’s Mackenzie Wilkie/Skylar McCaskill


Mixed doubles


Melissa’s Dawson Mercer/Julianna Garlin won, 7-6, 7-6, over Anna’s Simon Geren/Jewel Canty


Boys Singles


1. Anna’s Rowdy Lairson won, 2-6, 6-4, 10-2 over Melissa’s John Lewis


2. Melissa’s Justin Mercer won, 6-0, 6-3, over Anna’s Luke Hansen


3. Anna’s Jesus Garrido won, 4-6, 6-0, 10-6, over Melissa’s Jake Fowler


4. Melissa’s Brandon Shipes won, 6-4, 6-1, over Anna’s Simon Geren


5. Melissa’s Zach Butterfield won, 6-2, 6-4, over Anna’s Mason Massingill


6. Melissa’s Dawson Mercer won, 6-2, 6-2, over Anna’s Spencer May


Girls Singles


1. Anna’s Sydney Jones won, 7-5, 6-1, over Melissa’s Lilly Hubbard


2. Anna’s Angel Dube won, 6-1, 6-2, over Melissa’s Megan Carr


3. Anna’s Hannah Heath won, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7, over Melissa’s Sarah Keeton


4. Anna’s Mary Beth Geren won, 4-6, 6-0, 10-7, over Melissa’s Sierra Thomas


5. Anna’s Nalyn Koenig won, 7-6, 6-2, over Melissa’s Julianna Garlin


6. Anna’s Jewel Canty won, 6-0, 6-1, over Melissa’s Mackenzie Wilkie