By Molly Seales
On Monday, April 25, the Riverdale Rebel tennis team traveled to Vicksburg, MS, to participate in the South AA tournament. 2022 tennis team members were Sidney Free, Chandler Nettles, Georgia Carlisle, Emma Giddings, Mary Claire Jones, and Denver Williams. Team members advancing to South AA were girls singles Emma Clemons, boys’ doubles Luke Greer and Will Jones, boys’ singles Monroe McCarty, and two girls doubles’ teams of Jadyn King and Lilly Guillot and Chloe Jordan and Charity Williamson.
As the day progressed, inclement weather conditions set in, and the tournament ended early and resumed on Tuesday morning. Before the rain out, the boys’ doubles team of Luke Greer and Will Jones defeated SIA 2 sets to 1 set to advance to the finals on Tuesday. In the championship match, Greer and Jones won one set against Briarfield and fought hard, but in the end, Briarfield defeated them 2 sets to 1 set.
Despite this loss, Greer and Jones are South AA Runner-ups and will advance to the AA State Tennis tournament on Wednesday, May 4, at Halls Ferry Tennis Center in Vicksburg. Greer and Jones are the first tennis team to advance to the state tournament in decades.
The tennis team would like to thank their volunteer coaches Mr. Tyler Jones and Mrs. Stacey Greer for their time and dedication to the team this year. We wish Will and Luke the best of luck next week at state!
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