Oxford bounces WC in tennis playoffs

Published 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Warren Central had a tough draw and an early exit in the MHSAA Class 6A tennis playoffs.

Perennial power Oxford blitzed the Vikings, winning five matches without dropping a set as it won 7-0 Monday in the first round of the team playoffs.

Warren Central’s girls doubles team of Taylor Smith and Laney Smith, and the mixed doubles duo of George Wilkerson and Audrey Jennings stretched their matches out to a third set but still lost.

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The Smiths fell to Emma Jones and Abby Mounce 2-6, 7-5, 10-5. Wilkerson and Jennings fell to Downing Koestler and Savannah Nagle 6-4, 1-6, 10-6. In the other five matches, Warren Central won a total of 10 games.

Oxford’s Bo Nash beat WC’s Ian Gordon 6-0, 6-0 in boys singles, and Grace Anne Jones won 6-0, 6-1 over Madison Embry in girls singles.

In boys doubles, Ryan Mounce and Edward Hu defeated Greyson Parman and John Jabour 6-3, 6-1, while Eli Abel and Mack Schnesselin beat Steed Springfield and Smit Patel 6-1, 6-0.

Addie Grafton and Emmie Stephens beat Warren Central’s Lexi Stewart and Jane Hopson 6-4, 6-0 in No. 1 girls doubles.

Oxford, which won 10 consecutive Class 5A championships before moving up to Class 6A this season, advanced to the second round and will play Madison Central on Thursday. Madison Central has won the last two Class 6A titles.

Oxford improved its record this season to 17-0.

Warren Central, meanwhile, turned its attention toward the Class 6A individual tournament May 7-9 at Parham Bridges Park in Jackson.

“They were an outstanding team,” Warren Central coach Steve Summers said of Oxford, which won the Class 5A championship in 2016 and 2017 before moving up to Class 6A this season. “Our team season is over, but our individual events got to play some really stout opposition today. It’s excellent preparation for the individual tournament. I’m hopeful we can make some noise there.”