It wasn’t the debut the Warren County Middle tennis teams wanted, but the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers were just happy to be on the courts.
Both the Warren County girls and boys fell to visiting St. Andrew’s Sewanee, losing 5-1 and 5-2, respectively.
“The players were a bit nervous for their season opener, but we rallied to win a few games and matches,” said coach Susan Barrett. “It was nice to finally be able to get on the courts after matches being canceled by weather. St. Andrew’s is always a tough team, but everyone seemed to have a great day.”
Jackelyn Cordon had a highlight she won’t soon forget, as she won her first ever match. Cordon defeated Shy Cleak 6-2 in singles play, the lone victory for the Lady Pioneers.
In other singles matches, Caroline Stewart was defeated by Hannah Mullins 6-0, Isabel Newby fell 6-3 to Sarah Brewster and Bella Moser dropped a 6-1 decision to Madeline Sumpter.
In doubles, Stewart and Newby fell 6-4 to Mullins and Brewster while Cordon and Moser were downed 6-0 by Cleak and Sumpter.
Colin Riley was a standout for the Pioneers, winning both his singles and doubles matches. Riley defeated Dylan Kinningham 6-3, then paired with Ved Patel to beat Eli Thompson and Alex Waldrop 6-0.
Other Warren County boys matches included Patel falling to Brewster 6-0 in singles, Thompson topping Easton West 6-1, Wilder Higgins downed 6-0 by Cameron Crawford and Grayson Cleveland defeating Jase Todd 6-0. West and Higgins also fell 6-2 to Crawford and Dimitri Sherill in doubles.
Warren County will look to bounce back with a dual match at home Thursday. Webb and Providence Christian will both be in town to face the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers. Action is set to start at 4 p.m. at McMinnville Civic Center.