Excel boys earn first-ever sweep in net play
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Excel got its first taste of perfection Tuesday as it swept Trion 5-0 in high school tennis play.

Mark Hibbard, coach, said the significance of the victory was not lost on the boys team.

“This was the first time we have ever swept another team, and it was incredible,” Hibbard said.

The coach said one of the keys to the victory was having a full team of players who signed up to compete in the sport. “In the past we might have had to drag someone out of a science club to fill out our team. This year we have 10 freshmen playing. We have kids who are taking lessons throughout the year and not just getting kids who pick up their racket in January and try to defeat opponents who have been playing all year.”

In boys No. 1 singles play, Cade Archer won 7-5, 4-6, 7-5; No. 2 singles, Sam Kirkland was victorious, 6-4, 6-2; No. 3, Simon Morris, 6-1, 6-1.

In the No. 1 doubles position, Steven Barton and Andrew Tyree won, 6-3, 6-7 and 6-1; while at the No. 2 spot, Jake Newhouse and LaChaz Phillips won 6-1, 6-4.

In girls No. 1 singles, Moriah Hibbard won, 6-0, 6-0; at the No. 2 spot, Callaway Ford earned the win 5-7, 4-6; while at the No. 3 position, Hannah Cauthen was victorious, 6-2, 7-6, and 8-6 in tie breaker. At doubles No. 1, Caroline Moore and Taylor Vaughan won, 6-1, 6-4; while at the doubles No. 2 position, Abby Keefe and Tessa Thornbrough claimed a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

The boys improved to 1-2 with the victory, their first region match of the season.

The Excel girls are now 3-0 overall, 1-0 in the region.

Excel’s next match is Thursday, when it visits Mount Paran with a scheduled start at 4 p.m.