Lady Hounds win South State tennis tourney

Published 12:05 am Thursday, April 30, 2009

NATCHEZ — Huntington High School didn’t win any individual positions in the MPSA Class A South State Tennis Tournament.

But the Lady Hounds did win first place in team scoring in the event held at Duncan Park.

The Wilkinson County Christian girls’ team placed second, as both local schools had the most players advance to the semifinals and finals of the tournament.

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“Both of our singles girls made it to the finals, and they had good semifinals matches, too,” Huntington coach Emily Guida said. “Those were good matches. All the players at the semifinal level were real strong competitors, and in some cases it could have been a toss up. On a good day, either girl could have won.”

Huntington’s Julie Moak fell to Glenbrook’s Madison Moorehead 6-0, 6-1 in the finals of the No. 1 girls singles after beating Hannah Peoples of Newton Academy in the semifinals.

Emilee Johns of Huntington defeated WCCA’s Carol Johnson 6-0, 6-1 before falling to Lindy Carroll of Franklin 6-3, 6-1.

All players that made the finals — Johns, Moak, Carroll and Moorehead — will advance to the state tournament, which will be played next week.

“When we got to the finals, I feel like both of my girls played well,” Guida said of Johns and Moak. “I was really proud of Julie getting four games off Madison, because the first time Julie met up with her she only got one game off her. I felt like they competed very well.”

In No. 1 girls doubles, WCCA’s Hannah Ashley and Caroline Walker fell to Elizabeth Crigler and Jordan Leake of Tensas Academy in the finals.

Tensas’s Emma Arceneaux and Paige Plaisance lost to Alie Cegielski and Erin Morgan of Laurel Christian in the finals of No. 2 girls doubles, so Tensas will send two doubles teams to the state tournament. WCCA will send one.

Spencer Smith of WCCA fell in three sets to Glenbrook’s Bryce Chandler in the finals of No. 2 boys singles, and in No. 2 boys doubles, the NO. 1 team of Tanner McGraw and Chris Houghton (WCCA) defeated Scott Millet and Mitchell Parkman (University Christian).

The WCCA mixed doubles team of Allie Fontenot and Luke Whitaker won the south state title against Kirstin and Skyler Prunera of Heidelberg.

“Most of the seedings held up, and we’re going to be advancing a good strong field from the south to the state tournament,” Guida said. “The fun thing about going to the state tournament is that we kind of become a team going against the North. We support each other.”

The No. 1 seed from the South will play the No. 1 seed from the North and vice versa in the state tournament.

Moak is the No. 2 seed in No. 1 girls singles, and Johns is the No. 2 seed at the No. 2 position.

“They both had a good tournament,” Guida said. “They both played hard and tried to adjust their games to the opponent that they were meeting. I was pleased with their play, even in defeat. They put forth a good effort and didn’t give up.”