Melissa Middle School participated in its first-ever middle school tennis tournament on Saturday, May 4, with results that impressed coach Clint Sadler.
"It was a great turnout for Melissa’s first ever middle school tennis tournament," Sadler said. "Most of these players had never played before two weeks ago, so it was very impressive to see their improvement over such a short period of time. Everyone competed well."
Maddie Cunningham won the championship in the girls singles division, cruising to the title by winning her first four matches 6-0, 6-0, 6-2,
"She won a hard fought championship match against a much more experienced player from Van Alstyne 6-4," Sadler stated.
Addison Hoyt won the consolation championship in the girls singles division. She narrowly lost her first round match 6-5, but bounced back to win the three consolation matches without dropping a game. Brooke Taylor finished 1-2, narrowly losing her second consolation match 6-5.
The girls doubles team of Lilly Hubbard and Hannah Coyner won the consolation championship, going 3-1 for the day. Mallory Little and Leah Czarnecki took second in the consolation bracket, losing to their teammates from Melissa, 3-6. The duo finished with a record of 2-2.
On the boys side, Nathan Fitzgerald and Chris Jones took second overall in the boys doubles division, losing to a tough Van Alstyne team in the championship. Krisjon Segleski and Tyler Green won fourth place in the same division, defeating Whitewright 6-5 to get to the semifinals.
Cale Hayes and Jonathan Hawkins lost two hard fought matches.
Adam Rodgers and Cole McCraw both won their first round matches in boys singles but lost in the second round to eventual top-three finishers. Russell Young went 1-2 in the boys singles division.