Scots tennis falls to Montreat College in fall season opener

Scots #1, Daniel Silva focuses on a difficult shot. Photo by MC Athletic Communications.
Scots #1, Daniel Silva focuses on a difficult shot. Photo by MC Athletic Communications.

Both the men and women’s tennis teams traveled to Montreat College on Sept. 11 to begin their fall 2016 pre-season. With a scarce team, both teams fell to the Cavaliers in their opening match of the season.

The men’s team fought hard against the Cavaliers, but lost 7-2 at the end of the day. Meanwhile the women lost 9-0. Junior Daniel Silva took the only singles win for the Scots, winning 6-1, 6-2 against David Garcia. Silva also won in doubles alongside sophomore Marcos Herrero in an 8-4 battle against Mateo Barroetavena and Jacob Summerville.

Although the women fell, Maryville had two close victories with sophomore Mckenna Francis and senior Tessa Wilcox in both of their singles matches. Francis lost a close call against Abby Graham 8-6 pro set. Wilcox fought hard in a grueling singles match with Taylor Lunsford, but lost 6-3, 7-5.

MC started off their season with an unexpected short in players. Both teams fell short to just four players each in the opening of the season. Coaches Deidra and Millicent done, along with the players, have been working diligently to correct this problem. Chances to tryout were posted in the MC Today. The Scots tennis team players remained positive through their shortage of players and continued to play their best.

“It was difficult to go into our first match knowing we would automatically have to forfeit two singles and a doubles match,” Wilcox said. “But the team has remained positive and uplifting through the entire struggle.”

Wilcox has played since her freshman year and has become a leader to the rest of the Scots team. At any given match, you can always find her cheering on every single teammate, including shouting from her court during her own match play.

“We just can’t let any set back hold us down,” Wilcox said. “We just have to keep cheering one another on and fighting our best.”

Both teams are excited to announce that they will have enough players for the season with two new additions to the men’s team and two new additions to the girl’s team. Although the teams are both finally complete, anyone interested in playing for the Maryville Tennis Team should contact Deidra or Millicent Dunn.

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