By Molly Seales
Coming off of a runner-up finish last year, Riverdale’s boys’ doubles tennis team of senior Luke Greer and junior Will Jones went to Mississippi with a goal in mind-to bring home the first ever tennis state championship to East Point, and through much hard work and dedication, they did just that!
On April 25, they traveled to the South AA championship at Lake Providence Country Club where they first defeated the Sharkey team of Allen/Jacks by a score of 6-1 and 6-0. Later in the day, they beat the Briarfield team of Martin/Holt 6-2 and 6-0 to advance to the Class AA state championship tournament.
On Wednesday, May 3, they traveled to the Vicksburg Tennis Center to compete for the Class AA title. In the semifinals, they defeated the West Memphis team of Gehman/Hodges 6-1 and 6-0, which set them up for a rematch with Briarfield for the state title. In the championship match, Luke and Will once again defeated the tough team of Martin/Holt 7-5 and 6-1 to secure Riverdale’s first MSAIS state tennis title.
Luke and Will have both taken private tennis lessons and have worked hard for several years chasing this title. They are proof that hard work and dedication pays off. Congratulations to them for starting what will hopefully be a tennis legacy at Riverdale Academy. We are proud of both of you!