At the 11-team Anna Tennis Invitational March 16-17, the Lady Coyotes produced what Anna head coach Vince Sharp called “their strongest performance of the year.”
Singles player Maddie Gillespie advanced her spring undefeated streak to 11-0 and lost just one game in the tournament as she and her teammates placed in both A-Draw events. Besides Gillespie earning gold in the singles A draw, Sydney Jones — playing in her first-ever singles tournament — took bronze in the same group.
“I was really proud of both girls,” Anna head coach Vince Sharp said. “Maddie rolled as usual and Sydney showed a lot of toughness. She was on court a total of four hours during the day. I was shocked with how much she had left in the tank after playing two straight tiebreakers.”
Wylie East and Princeton took second and fourth place, respectively. Gillespie shut out her Blue Ridge opponent, 8-0, before topping Princeton, 8-0, in the semifinals and Wylie East, 8-1, in the finals. Jones defeated Melissa’s Danielle Maher, 8-4, in the first round before topping Commerce, 8-7 (10-8). Jones then narrowly missed the finals, falling to Wylie East in another 8-7 (10-8) tie-breaker. She rebounded to stop Princeton, 8-1, in the bronze-medal game.
In the girls doubles A draw, Anna’s Zoe Stumbaugh and Ally Fudge battled teammates Mary Beth Geren and Jewel Canty for the bronze medal, with Geren/Canty prevailing in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-4). Leonard took the gold. In girls singles B, Melissa’s Maher took the silver medal and in girls doubles B, Melissa’s team of Emily Conlin and Megan O’Neal also earned silver.
In boys’ action, Coyote Rowdy Lairson finished third in the singles A draw on Thursday, behind Wylie East and Princeton. After a bye in the first round, Lairson blanked Blue Ridge, 8-0, before falling to Wylie East, 8-2, in the semifinals. He rebounded to beat another Wylie East opponent, 8-3, for the bronze medal.
In the singles B draw, Melissa and Anna players took three of the top four spots. Cardinal Jake Fowler took gold and Coyotes Jesus Garrido and Jonah Parker claimed third and fourth, respectively. Melissa’s Brandon Shipes and John Lewis earned silver in the doubles A draw on Thursday, falling, 8-6, in the finals to Wylie East after topping Princeton, 8-5, in the semifinals.