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Trinity, AC earn individual titles

NATCHEZ — Trinity Saints’ Cole Mosby won the No. 1 singles in the MAIS Class A State singles championship Wednesday afternoon before Adams County Christian Schools’ Chris Guedon and Julianna Wallace were victorious in the finals of the MAIS Class AA State mixed doubles finals.

As Mosby stood across an adversary he lost to in the South State tournament days prior, the nerves Mosby felt leading up to the event vanished as he entered a zone in the finals.

As Mosby took a 3-0 set lead, his opponent, Chamberlain Hunt Academy’s Anthony Valdez rallied in one of the toughest sets of the match.

“I felt like I gave up or something in that set, and when he came back, we started hitting the ball back-and-forth with him getting the better position and getting the point,” Mosby said. “I settled in though because I didn’t want to lose.”

It was up to Mosby to overcome a mental roadblock of previously losing to Valdez, which he successfully did by claiming the state championship with 6-0, 6-1 scores.

“I really think he could have beaten anybody today,” said Trinity tennis coach Noreen Pyron. “He was just so good today. He was smacking the ball around.”

The Trinity boys team shared second place with Franklin Academy after tying in two separate tiebreakers. The Trinity girls did not place.

Meanwhile, ACCS’ Guedon and Wallace completed their perfect season with a state championship win in the finals of the tournament.

Head coach Jimmy Allgood said the victory was the Rebels’first title win in many years. Though Guedon and Wallace have been a dominant force all season long, the two faced adversity early against Manchester Academy in the finals.

“They were in a dog fight,” Allgood said.

Guedon and Wallace were down 3-1 in the beginning of the opening set before rallying back to win 6-4.

“We were tied at 4-4 before we brought it home and won the first set,” Wallace said. “It really boosted our confidence.”

Wallace said the second set was even closer, but the Rebels pulled out a hard-fought 7-5 victory, giving the Rebels the matchs.

“It was worth it all,” Wallace said. “We wrapped it up with a nice bow and pulled it tight in the end.”

ACCS, as a team, did not place.