There were 60 players and more than 30 parents at Oak Ridge’s home tennis match against Grace Christian Academy on Monday, February 26. That’s the largest number of people at the site for any match the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats tennis teams have had during the past three years.
The Oak Ridge tennis team has 13 Wildcats and 25 Lady Wildcats. Grace Christian also had a large contingent available to play during the scrimmage, 16 girls and six boys, Oak Ridge Coach David Bowman said.
“As a result during the four-hour event, a total of 39 singles and 15 doubles matches were played by both teams,” Bowman said. “It was a perfect storm of competition on the courts for the novice and beginner players. They gained valuable experience while learning tennis rules and etiquette.”
Highlighting the day for Oak Ridge were singles wins by starters Archer Marlow, Haley Smallwood, and Elizabeth Lowman, Bowman said.
Academy Ram Head Coach Tracy Rodgers said, “It’s rare to meet an opponent with enough extra players to give all of our underclassman a chance to play during the spring season. We’d like to schedule a second match with ORHS for this season.”
Co-head coach Joanne Bowman concurred, so it’s in the works to bring Grace Christian back to town for another round of play, David Bowman said.
See the 2018 tennis schedule here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release and photos were submitted by David Bowman.
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