ACCS tennis records milestone, defeats Brookhaven for 1st time
Published 12:05 am Wednesday, April 23, 2014
NATCHEZ — For head coach Jimmy Allgood, there has never been more hype surrounding Adams County Christian School tennis than there is now.
That’s because Allgood said ACCS did something never done before on April 16 — beat Brookhaven Academy. Mixed doubles Julianna Wallace and Chris Guedon and No. 2 doubles Justin Allgood and Dylan Galbreath were both victorious in their matches against the tennis powerhouse, remaining undefeated in district.
“It felt good knowing that we could finally beat them,” Galbreath said. “Brookhaven is godly when it comes to tennis. They’ve won the state championship the last several years in a row.”
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The win sets up pivotal matchups against Central Hinds Academy with district implications on the line. The Rebels play at Central Hinds today at 2:30 p.m. then play them at home this Thursday with a 2:30 p.m. start time. Should ACCS be victorious against Central Hinds, The Rebels will lock up a No. 1 seed at the South State Tournament.
Justin is feeling confident going into the matchup after the Rebels’ recent successes.
“That was a momentum builder for us,” Justin said. “It’s nice beating them because now we have one more team to take down”
Following the Brookhaven victory, ACCS defeated Trinity Episcopal Day School in a non-district encounter. Wallace and Guedon won with consecutive 6-0 sets, while Allgood and Galbreath were victorious with 7-5, 6-2 set wins.
Wallace joined the team after transferring to ACCS for her junior year, playing mixed doubles for the first time in her career. Wallace placed second in the state tournament in Texas last year before transferring.
“It’s a lot different just because you have to share responsibility with your partner,” Wallace said. “I’m a little bit of a ball-hog sometimes.”
Jimmy said Wallace has elevated their team tremendously, and with her on the team, ACCS tennis has never been this advanced at several different levels.
“She’s probably the best tennis player that’s come through here in the past 20 years,” Allgood said.
As for Justin and Galbreath, Jimmy said the two have formed cohesively over several years of growing up together, and despite this being only their second year to play as a unit, the two have unquestionable chemistry.
“They’ve played together since they were in diapers,” Allgood said. “They know each other so well. If they can mentally keep it together, they should go far at State.”