A clean sweep for the Warren County High School tennis teams Monday at McMinnville Civic Center kept the Lady Pioneers undefeated this season, while the Pioneers snapped a three-match losing streak.
The Lady Pioneers moved to 7-0 this year by downing the Cumberland County Lady Jets 7-2, moving one step closer to clinching the District 6-AAA title in the process. Meanwhile, the Pioneers won 6-3 over the Jets to improve to 4-3 this season.
The Lady Pioneers entered Monday’s play having already beaten Cookeville and White County in district play, along with winning against Coffee County in a match not counting toward the district standings.
Beating the Lady Jets was all that was left for the Warren County girls to prove they were the best in the district. Aside from Nithya Kanagasegar giving the Lady Pioneers fits, Warren County was able to win easily.
Kanagasegar, the reigning player of the year in District 6-AAA, earned the Lady Jets’ lone victories as she won in singles and doubles. Kanagasegar snapped Susie Brown’s undefeated season in singles by winning 8-0 and teamed with Camie Threet to beat Brown and Allison Brock 8-1 in doubles.
Warren County dominated the rest of the match, starting with two doubles wins and ending with five straight singles victories.
Tomomi Yago and Katie Phillips got the Lady Pioneers in the win column with an 8-0 doubles win. Kendal Smith and Elizabeth Oxley followed by winning 8-2 in their doubles match, making it 2-1 in favor of the home team going into singles action.
Kanagasegar tied the match briefly, but the Lady Pioneers would win the rest. Senior Peyton Baker won 8-0 over Stephanie Kolhepp in No. 2 singles to break the tie, then Yago, Phillips, Smith and Oxley all earned singles set victories to end the match.
Coach David Dunlap continues to be impressed by his Lady Pioneers, a group that could earn the program’s first district title.
“What a team we have,” said Dunlap. “We’re 7-0 and playing well.”
The Warren County boys tennis team gave the coach a reason to be excited as well. The Pioneers rallied back with wins in the last four singles sets to earn their first victory since beating Cannon County March 19.
The Pioneers trailed 3-2 after the first two singles sets, which were won by Cumberland County. Kirkland Sauer evened the match with an 8-1 win over Cody Brock in No. 4 singles shortly before Blake Basham completed an 8-5 win in No. 3 singles to give the Pioneers the lead.
Needing only one win in the last two sets, Warren County won both. Ben Gawel won No. 5 singles 8-5 over Henry Gilbert and Matthew Austin swept Tyler Boniol 8-0 in the final set.
The Pioneers also got doubles victories by Sauer and Basham, along with Gawel and Austin, to earn the match win.
The tennis teams traveled to Cannon County Tuesday for a match that wasn’t completed at press time. The teams will return to action Thursday with a 3:30 p.m. home match against Cleveland.