Cleveland High head tennis coach Memorie Naron said the team is making progress, but they still need to keep working hard.
“They just need to work on basics and learn how to focus,” Naron said. “They’re getting there.”
Cleveland’s Merrill Dean Rogers and Lorna Leigh Rogers picked up Cleveland’s only victory by defeating Pontotoc’s Meredith Adams and Georgia Campbell 6-0, 6-1 in girls doubles action. The girls, who are sisters, are juniors.
“They are just really focused and they concentrate well,” Naron said. “They’ve played together since they were in the seventh grade, and it’s coming together for them. I think they’ll do well in Jackson.”
In the boys singles match, Cleveland’s Cole Thomas played Pontotoc’s Jacob Ferguson in a contest that was real competitive in the first set as Ferguson came away with a 7-5 win. In the second set, Ferguson stepped it up a notch with a 6-1 win to complete the straight set victory.
In the No. 2 girls doubles match, Cleveland’s Ashley Braden Horton and Shelby Swafford got off to a slow start against Pontotoc’s Ally Warren and Shannon Montgomery by losing the first set 6-0. Horton and Swafford battled back and put a good battle in the second set, but Warren and Montgomery was able to pull out a 7-5 win to complete the straight set victory.
In the other matches, Cleveland’s Katherine Swafford lost to Pontotoc’s Ivy Robins in straight sets 6-0, 6-0; Cleveland’s Chase Fuller and Coleman Warrington fell short in straight sets to Ryan Henry and Caleb Ginn 6-0, 6-3; Cleveland’s Cody Causey and Emma Hardy lost to Pontotoc’s Rex Stegall and Sarah Hill 6-0, 6-2 in mixed doubles action and Cleveland’s Daniel Woo and Will Virden lost to Pontotoc’s Chet Wilson and Blake Gregory in No. 2 boys doubles action 6-0, 6-2.
All of Cleveland’s players will have another chance for success when they will travel to the Ridgeland Tennis Center in Ridgeland for the 4A Individual State Tennis Tournament on May 1.