Golden Wave tennis on the rise

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo High tennis coach Laurie Bishop will tell you her Golden Wave lineup is a work in progress.
“We’re still looking at some different combination in girls and boys doubles,” she said Wednesday, moments after watching her team defeat Pontotoc 7-0 in a dual match at Rob Leake City Park courts. “You try to be secretive with your lineup, but the talent you have is the talent you have.”
Against Pontotoc, Tupelo’s No. 1 girls doubles team of sophomores Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth and Megan Ware defeated Ivy Robbins and Anna Rosenbaum 6-2, 7-5. In No. 2 girls doubles, Tupelo’s Jessie Nabors, 7th grade, and Emily Carter, junior, beat Ali Warren and Meredith Adams 6-2, 6-2.
The boys No. 1 doubles team of junior Robert Thompson and freshman Andrew Hildenbrand needed a one-point tiebreaker to down Pontotoc’s Jacob Ferguson and Ryan Henry 6-3, 3-6.
In No. 2 boys doubles, 8th grader Hogan Harrington and senior Drew Ballard beat Pontotoc’s Austin Anderson and Piercen Burchfield 6-0 6-0.
“We’re still moving people around in doubles, trying to find good fits,” Bishop said.
In mixed doubles, senior Kat Stratton, an Alabama signee in soccer, and sophomore Mitch Ostrander gave Tupelo a 7-6, 7-5 win against Kristen Pennington and Chet Wilson.
In girls singles, Wave senior Casey Marshall remained undefeated with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Sarah Hill while Tupelo 7th grader Sebastion Rios beat Rhett Stegall 6-0, 6-0.
Marshall, who lost in the second round at state last season, made the switch from basketball to tennis this spring.
“I wish I could have played tennis all year long,” Marshall said. “The time you take off for basketball, about five months, gets to you. I’ve had to play all day, every day to get back to where I was before basketball season.”
Tupelo improved to 5-0 in regular season play with the victory. The team lost two MHSAA classic matches to Madison Central and Gulfport earlier in the season.

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