Chalk up another victory against a Class 5A club for Plainview.
The 3A Lady Bears came to Fort Payne on Tuesday and handed the Lady Wildcats an 9-0 high school tennis setback.
Plainview (6-0) not only stayed unbeaten but also moved to 4-0 against 5A teams, having earlier beaten Albertville, Boaz and Scottsboro.
Lady Bears coach David Holt praised his club.
“They’re still young and all of them are returners from last year,” he said. “I’m very proud of their effort.”
Taylor Pack (8-5 at No. 1), Casey Miller (8-0 at No. 2), Madison Johnson (8-5 at No. 3), Abigail Hampton (8-2 at No. 4), Cassidy Hood (8-1 at No. 5) and Avery Holt (8-2 at No. 6) picked up singles wins against the Lady Cats (1-4).
Pack and Miller took the No. 1 doubles match 8-2. Johnson and Hood prevailed 8-6 at No. 2, and Hampton and Holt won 8-3 at No. 3.
David Holt said he knew Plainview was capable of the fast start despite the loss of last year’s No. 1 player, Alex Poole, to graduation.
“I knew that was going to be a big void, but the girls have all stepped up and I think they are committed to making it to state,” said Holt, who has led Plainview to three state tournament berths in 10 years.
The Lady Bears just missed their fourth trip last spring, finishing third at sectionals and falling one victory short of advancing.
BOYS: Plainview took the boys match 8-1.
Nathan Pierson (8-1 at No. 1), Tyler Blevins (8-6 at No. 2), Kyle Coots (8-3 at No. 3), Will Biddle (8-4 at No. 5) and Dylan Clark (8-3 at No. 6) claimed singles wins for the Bears (2-3).
Pierson and Tyler Blevins won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles. Coots and Josh Chapman prevailed 8-4 at No. 2, while Biddle and Clark claimed an 8-0 win at No. 3.
“They’re very young. Three brand new players. They’re beginning to understand the dynamics of the game and build some confidence in their abilities,” Holt said of his squad.
Chapman, Biddle and Clark are all first-year players.
Clay Richards claimed the only win for the Cats (0-4), taking the No. 4 singles match 8-3.
Fort Payne coach Chris Bible said both of his clubs are experiencing the growing pains of youth, but he expects both to improve.
“I’ve got one senior girl and she was an alternate last year,” he said. “We’re solid at 3, 4, 5. They’re returners. They’re doing well.
“The boys, we lost some key players [to graduation]. I have a second-year [player] playing No. 1. We’re young so it just makes it tough on both sides. We’re getting better every match. It’s just so hard in this 5A section.
“I looking forward to [Thursday] with Lee. We’ve never played them, I think we’ll match up well with them on both sides. They’re a young team also.”
Fort Payne will play at Lee on Thursday.
Boaz girls 6,
Fort Payne 3
At Boaz, Caity Walker picked up the lone singles win for Fort Payne in the 5A, Section 4 match, winning 8-1 at No. 4 singles.
Lauren Story and Ariana Gorman took the No. 2 doubles match 8-5 for Fort Payne (1-3 in section). Maria Avila and Susanne Haueisen took the No. 3 match 8-6.
Boaz boys 9,
Fort Payne 0
At Boaz, the Cats fell to 0-3 in Section 4 action.