Vestavia Hills High School leads archrival Hoover 29-27 in the 2022 AHSAA Class 7A State Boys’ Tennis Championships that began on Monday at the Mobile Tennis Center. Auburn was third after day one with 21 points.
On the girls’ side of the 7A tournament, Vestavia Hills leads Auburn 35-31 with Huntsville in third place with 21 points.
Donoho’s girls held a slim 32-29 lead over Bayside Academy after the first day of action at 2022 AHSAA Class 1A/3A State Tennis Championships at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park Tennis Center. The long day was completed after 9:30 p.m. after a rain delay Monday morning.
Mars Hill Bible was ranked third with 14 points, and Lauderdale County was fourth with 13.
On the boys’ side, defending state champion Houston Academy posted 28 points to lead Montgomery Catholic and Whitesburg Christian, which totaled 23 each.
At the Mobile Tennis Center on Monday, Russellville took a lead in the girls’ Class 4A/5A tournament with 37 points, followed by Randolph with 36. Sardis was in third at 35, followed by defending state champ St. John Paul II at 33 and Etowah and Altamont with 26 points each.
LAMP – the state runner-up in 2021 – took the first-day lead on the boys’ side of the 4A/5A tournament with 40 points. St. James is second at 39 and last season’s champ Madison Acadmey is third at 38. Deshler is fourth with 25 points followed by Douglas and John Carroll with 22 points each.
The state tournament continues on Tuesday.
The 7A No. 1 boys’ singles final pairings were set Monday with Parker Free of Bob Jones beating Kaleb Kirkland of Auburn in the semifinals 6-4, 6-2 to advance to Tuesday’s finals against Hoover’s Samuel Sellers. Sellers beat Alma Bryant’s Christopher Garden 6-2, 6-1 in the other semifinal match.
Cindy Jiang of Vestavia Hills breezed to the finals with 6-0, 6-0 wins over Katie Nelson of Enterprise and Avery Bynum of Daphne. She will face Claire Bosman of Auburn. Bosman opened with a tough 7-5,6-0 victory over Mattie MacGrotty of Huntsville and beat Erin Olander of James Clemens in the semis 6-0, 6-0.
Defending 1A/3A girls’ state champion Claire Prickett of Bayside Academy, who had a first-round bye, won her first match Monday beating Carryne Chancey of Houston Academy 6-0, 6-1. Chancey won her opening match over Brooke Seawright of Westbrook Christian 6-1, 6-0.
Prickett advances to meet Donoho’s Claire Hillman, who beat Jilly Tanner of Lauderdale County 6-4, 6-2, in the semifinals Tuesday. Hillman met Prickett in the state finals in 2021.
In the 4A/5A girls’ No. 1 singles competition in Mobile, Ramsee Rounsaville De’Asia Jones of Faith Academy won two close matches to advance to the semifinals to face Randolph’s Alana Boyce in the semifinals Tuesday. Jones beat Lauren Hand of Deshler 6-12, 5-7, 10-2 in the first match and followed with a 3-6, 6-3, 12-10 win over Altamont’s Kaarya Karthikeyan in the quarterfinals.
Boyce won matches over St. James’ Reilly Taylor (6-0, 6-0) and Peyton Parrish of Russellville (6-2, 6-0) to advance to the semifinals. Also advancing to the semifinals were Ava Thomason of American Christian and Abrianna Erwin of Etowah. Erwin beat Leeds’ Sadie Anthony 6-1, 6-0 and then knocked off Caroline Johnson of Sardis 6-1, 6-0.
Thomason defeated Olivia Reams of Sylacauga 6-1, 6-0 and Sydney Cohen of Pike Road 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the semis.
In the Class 4A/5A boys’ No. 1 singles, Toba Rios of St. James and Edward Lee of LAMP each won two matches to set up Tuesday’s semifinal battle. Defending state champion Parker Jacques stormed past two opponents 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the other semifinal. The other semifinal spot had not been decided at press time.
Rios downed Christian Faulkner of Oneonta 6-1, 6-1 and Will MaGruder of John Carroll 6-0, 6-3. Lee downed Wesley Sudershan of Altamont 6-0, 6-1 and James Mullette of Wilson 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semis.
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