DIVISION 1-3A TOURNEY KICKS OFF TODAY
By Gene Phelps
The road to the Class 3A state tennis tournament goes through Corinth today with play in the Division 1-3A tournament.
Coaches in the nine-team league will tell you this is the state’s most competitive division when it comes to tennis.
“We’ve beaten each other to death,” said Shannon coach Don Christian, whose team is the defending Class 3A state champion. “It’s going to be tough just to get out of the division tournament. We’ve got five good, solid teams in our division.”
Shannon posted an 8-4 record during the regular season and played division foes New Albany, Ripley, Saltillo, Pontotoc, Amory, Senatobia, Water Valley and Corinth.
“Here we are with nine schools and other divisions have four or five. It makes it tough,” Christian said.
New Albany comes into the tournament as the favorite, having posted a 13-0 regular season record.
The Bulldogs, coached by Jimmy McKinney, are led by the boys doubles team of Rob Carter and Kris Corpstein. The two won the Class 3A state championship in doubles last season.
“We’ve got a very competitive division,” McKinney said. “We’ve got five teams in the division who can play. If we were in smaller divisions we’d have a better chance to take more players to the state tournament.”
Only the top two schools/players in each event will be eligible to go to the state tournament. New Albany is hoping to qualify players in boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles.