By NEMS Daily Journal
MOBILE, Ala. – By claiming a state championship in June, the Tupelo 3.5 women’s team earned the right to represent Mississippi in the USTA Southern Section Championships.
Sonya McCormick’s squad knocked off a wild-card entrant from Arkansas 4-1 in the opening match on Saturday.
McCormick picked up a 6-4, 6-3 victory, and Amanda James claimed a 6-1, 7-5 win to sweep the singles courts for Tupelo.
Ellen Stephens and Anne Marie Littrell split their opening sets against Carol Seago and Keri Romero before winning the match 6-2, 2-6, 1-0. Tabitha Pitts and Laurie Bishop tallied a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Saturday afternoon, the Mississippi champions dropped a 4-1 decision to the champions of Tennessee. Bishop and Pitts picked up Mississippi’s lone victory in a match tiebreaker, 7-6, 2-6, 1-0.
Needing a win Sunday to move up the group standings, the team dropped a 4-1 decision to the champions from North Carolina. Pitts and Bishop tallied the squad’s only victory, a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 win.
The team faces the champions of South Carolina today.