Consider the Madison County High School girls’ tennis team back in familiar territory.
The squad clinched a spot in the Sweet 16 last Thursday (April 22) after being knocked out in the first round last year.
Shrugging off an April 16 loss in the region championship, the no. 2 seeded Lady Raiders (16-2) downed no. 3 seed Whitewater 4-1 in the first round of the state tournament in Danielsville, led by a sweep in the singles positions.
“The girls played very well after coming off of the region final loss,” coach Keith Strickland said. “I thought that we might be a little down and nervous – but all three singles ladies went on the court and took care of business in straight sets.”
Jeannie Bowen won at no. 1 singles 6-3, 6-0; Sam LaZear took her no. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-2; and Adrienne Fitzpatrick emerged with a 7-6, 6-2 victory at no. 3 singles.
The no. 2 doubles position provided a little more drama. Alexia Supakorndej and KayLee Bates won what Strickland called “a exciting three-setter,” 3-6, 6-1, 7-6.
Madison County played Rome High School on the road Wednesday in the second round of the state tournament but results weren’t available at press time.