St. Al tennis team tunes up for start of the postseason

Published 8:00 am Saturday, April 9, 2022

With the start of the postseason just a few days away, St. Aloysius’ tennis team finished the regular season strong.

St. Al won its last two matches, beating Silliman Institute 6-3 on Wednesday and Copiah Academy 5-4 on Thursday, to head into next week’s MAIS District 3-5A tournament on a positive note.

St. Al will host the district tournament Monday at Halls Ferry Park, beginning at 9 a.m.

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The Flashes won Wednesday’s match practically before it started. Silliman did not have a full boys’ team, so St. Al won four of the five points needed to clinch the match by default.

On the court, the Flashes added points in mixed doubles and No. 2 girls doubles to pick up the victory.

The mixed doubles team of Christian Harris and Walker Moore beat Silliman’s Michaela Henry and Gage Leblanc 6-2, 6-0.

The girls doubles team of Carrie Woods and Olivia Larson won 7-6, 4-6, 7-0 vs. Silliman’s Jacie Stringer and Sydney Miller.
St. Al almost picked up another point, but Laken Leist fell short in a third-set singles tiebreaker vs. Logan Cunningham 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.

In the other matches, Silliman’s Katherine Bauer beat Sarah Beth Johnston 6-1, 6-4; and Alainna Weaver and Ashton Siebert defeated St. Al’s Maggie Roberson and Al Blackburn 6-2, 6-2.

Thursday against Copiah Academy, the boys returned to the court and put in some good work by winning three of the Flashes’ five points.

Moore won his singles match, and both doubles teams — Noah Taylor and Ryan Davidson, and Walker Lambiotte and James Powell — were also victorious. Taylor and Davidson won in a third-set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-1, 10-1. Lambiotte and Powell, as well as Moore, both won in straight sets.

St. Al’s other two points came from Roberson and Blackburn in No. 1 girls’ doubles, and Woods and Larson in No. 2 girls doubles. Both teams won in straight sets.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 139-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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