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District play nears for Cathedral tennis team

By TIM GUERCIO

The Natchez Democrat

NATCHEZ — Cathedral’s tennis team is 6-2 heading into its last match Tuesday against Wilkinson County Christian School at Duncan Park before  the district tournament will be held April 25 at Duncan Park.

At district, Cathedral will compete against Adams County Christian School, Silliman Institute of Clinton, Louisiana, and Central Private School of Central Louisiana.

Cathedral has won the district tournament the past seven years in a row and the team hopes to make it eight this year, said Beth Foster Cathedral tennis coach.

For district play the top two boys and girls singles players only from each team compete in singles competition.

The matches are contested as a best of three sets, first player to win six games in the set and win by two games wins the set.

The top two boys Sand top two girls singles winners from the tournament will advance to the South State Championship, which will be played in Vicksburg at St. Aloysius High School on May 1.

There will also be two boys and two girls doubles teams to advance along with one mixed doubles team, said Foster, who is in her eighth year as coach of the boys and girls tennis program.

“Our No.1 boys team is Harris and Hartley Pyron,” Foster said. “This year is the first time they have played doubles together.”

Another team that Foster said is playing good tennis is the girls doubles team of Hudey Lees and Caroline Guedon.

“They hustle and they have fire,” Foster said.

Cathedral’s second coach is Noreen Pyron.

“Noreen is there for every practice,” Foster said. “She knows tennis very well and helps in matches between games, talking to our players, calming them down or pumping them up.”

If Cathedral can advance from district and then advance from South State they will get a chance to play for a state championship title. The time and location for those finals are yet to be determined.

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