Dou­ble trou­ble

Ri­vals New­ton, Al­covy split on the ten­nis court

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON — Crosstown ri­vals New­ton and Al­covy High met Wed­nes­day on the green top to settle the score once and for all.

In what ended up be­ing an in­tense af­ter­noon, the two ri­vals split, with the Al­covy boys sweep­ing the Rams, 5-0. In girls ac­tion, New­ton got the best of the Lady Tigers by win­ning the fi­nal match of the af­ter­noon off the racket of num­ber three sin­gles Holly Springer to com­plete the win.

“It is al­ways good to beat your crosstown ri­vals,” said Al­covy coach Troy Davis. “I like play­ing th­ese non-re­gion matches. The play­ers can play with no pres­sure and it makes us a lot bet­ter.”

For the boys, Al­covy’s Kyle Jack­son got it started as he de­feated Tyler Gose 6-4, 6-2.

In num­ber two sin­gles, Bran­don Tis­dale re­ceived an easy vic­tory af­ter win­ning the first set, 6-4, against his op­po­nent Mark DeAlva, who had to pull out with an an­kle in­jury.

Con­ceal­ing the win with three straight matches in sin­gles play was Zach Bow­ers, who won 64, 6-2 over Bryant Miller. Not sat­is­fied with just one win, the Tigers took to the court in dou­bles ac­tion look­ing to com­plete the sweep.

In num­ber one dou­bles, Aaron Fowler and Michael Hilder­brand were vic­to­ri­ous 6-0, 6-1 over Don­navon White and Ay­ile Bax­ter.

Miguel Wood and Con­ner Avery won 6-0, 7-5 over Adam Page and Miles Ge­orge to seal the deal for Al­covy.

In girls play, other Lady Rams win­ners on the af­ter­noon

were num­ber one sin­gles Kier­stie Moon, who won 6-4, 6-1 over Lea McDon­ald.

In num­ber two sin­gles, Chris­tine Au­gusta, who was pen­ciled in at the last minute by New­ton coach Jackie Mat­ti­son, won 6-4, 6-4 over Mary Wright.

In dou­bles ac­tion, the Lady Tigers got the bet­ter part of New­ton by win­ning both matches.

Num­ber one seeded Sherry Hall and Re­gan Bow­ers de­feated Court­ney Rea­gan and Rhi­an­non Long 6-2, 7-5. Cassie Turner and Jor­dan Shull won 6-4, 6-3 over Ash­ley Tin­dell and Eryn Wy­att.

“They caused me to sweat a lit­tle to­day,” Mat­ti­son said. “I tweaked the lineup a lit­tle to­day af­ter our num­ber two sin­gles got sick. I was a lit­tle ner­vous, but we man­aged to pull it out.”

Al­covy will next visit East­side at 4 p.m. Tues­day. New­ton will host Al­covy at 4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Game, set, match: New­ton’s Chris­tine Au­gusta com­petes in her num­ber two sin­gles match against Al­covy’s Mary Wright on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Au­gusta won the match 6-4, 6-4.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Tak­ing aim: Al­covy’s Zach Bow­ers com­petes in his num­ber three sin­gles match against New­ton’s Bryant Miller. Bow­ers came out on top 6-4, 6-2.

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