Five area high school tennis programs are headed to next week’s state championships.
The latest team to earn a spot to a state tournament was the Dothan girls, who finished runner-up in the Class 6A, Section 2 meet in Montgomery on Wednesday.
The other local teams who advanced this week were the Houston Academy boys and Providence Christian girls in Class 1A-2A-3A and both the Enterprise girls and boys teams in Class 7A.
All five will compete in state tournaments Monday and Tuesday at sites around the state.
The Dothan girls compete in the Class 6A State Tournament at the Mobile Tennis Center, while Houston Academy boys and Providence Christian play in the 1A-2A-3A Tournament at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park, while the two Enterprise teams play in the Class 7A Tournament at Decatur’s Jimmy Johns Tennis Center.
The Dothan girls had every singles players and all three doubles teams advance to the finals, but all lost to Trinity, which won the meet with 84 points. Dothan had 63.
Those players for Dothan included Kaylee Dozier (at No. 1 singles), Lillen Byrd (No. 2), Brandi Smith (No. 3), Caroline Watford (No. 4), Gabby Coates (No. 5) and Savannah Nunez (No. 6). The doubles teams were Dozier/Byrd at No. 1, Smith/Coates at No. 2 and Watford/Nunez at No. 3.
The Dothan boys just missed breaking into the top two, finishing in third behind Trinity and Wetumpka. Two singles players – Bryan Whitehurst and Brody Barnett – reached the finals. Both lost to Trinity players, including Whitehurst in a third set, 6-2.
The Northview girls finished third at the meet and the boys fourth. The Cougars did have one doubles reach the finals – Cody Bonds and Cannon Klement at No. 1 doubles – but lost to Trinity.
HA boys, PCS girls advance: The Houston Academy boys, behind five singles champions and two doubles titles, won the Class 1A-2A-3A Section 2 Tournament in Montgomery Tuesday, while the Providence Christian girls finished runner-up.
Both teams advanced to the state tournament at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park next Monday and Tuesday.
The St. James boys were runner-up behind HA, while the Trojans girls finished ahead of Providence. The Houston Academy girls tied for third with Prattville Christian.
All nine boys finals – all six singles and three doubles -- at the section featured Houston Academy and St. James players. HA won seven of those, losing only at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.
Enterprise boys advance: With four players and two doubles teams advancing to the finals, the Enterprise boys earned runner-up honors at the Class 7A, Section 2 Tournament Tuesday in Alexander City to advance to the state championships.
The Wildcats finished with 36 points, second to Auburn, which swept all six singles and all three doubles titles for 63 points. Both teams advance to the state meet next Monday and Tuesday in Decatur.
Other teams competing at Tuesday’s section meet in Alexander City were Prattville, R.E. Lee, Central of Phenix City, Smiths Station and Jeff Davis.
Reaching the finals in singles for Enterprise were Gage Anderson at No. 1, Alex Nelson at No. 2, Mitchell Carr at No. 4 and Connor Morriss at No. 5. The doubles teams of Anderson/Nelson at No. 1, Evan Stewart/Carr at No. 2 and Morriss/Caleb Emerson at No. 3 also reached the finals.
Anderson beat an opponent form Smiths Station (10-3) before losing to an Auburn player (10-1) in the finals. Nelson defeated foes from Prattville (10-2) and Central-Phenix City (10-3), Carr won by a forfeit against R.E. Lee and beat a Smiths Station opponent (10-3) before losing to Auburn and Morris beat players from Central-Phenix City (10-1) and Smiths Station (10-4) before losing to Auburn (10-0).
Stewart, at No. 3, beat a foe from Central-Phenix City (10-3) before falling to Smiths Station netter (11-10, 7-4) in the semifinals, while Emerson beat a Prattville player (10-4) before falling in the semifinals to Auburn (10-1).
In doubles, Anderson/Nelson beat Smiths Station and Prattville before falling to Auburn (10-4) in the finals, Stewart/Carr beat Jeff Davis and Prattville (10-6) before losing to Auburn (10-3) and Morriss/Emerson beat Jeff Davis and Smiths Station (10-8) and lost to Auburn (10-1) in the finals.