Flashes win MAIS District 4-5A tennis championship

Published 9:34 pm Thursday, April 11, 2024

St. Aloysius’ tennis team picked up a few trophies and sent a few more players on to the next round of the postseason Thursday.

The Flashes won in three brackets and finished second in three more at the MAIS District 4-5A tournament at Halls Ferry Park. The winner and runner-up in each bracket advanced to the Class 5A South State tournament on April 16, also at Halls fFerry Park.

St. Al also won the overall and boys’ team championship by totaling 10 points. Providence Classical finished second in the boys’ standings, as well as overall, with nine points.

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Providence Classical had 4 1/2 points in the girls matches to take the team title on that side. St. Al and Cathedral’s girls teams scored four points each to tie for second.

St. Al’s No. 2 boys doubles team of Ryan Davidson and Caleb Stewart; the mixed doubles team of Walker Moore and Carrie Wood; and Hendrix Eldridge in No. 2 girls singles all won district titles in their respective divisions.

Davidson and Stewart came back from a set down in the semifinals to advance, then blitzed Providence Classical 6-3, 6-4 in the finals.

Moore and Wood had a much easier time in mixed doubles. They did not drop a set in defeating teams from Adams County Christian School 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals, and Providence Classical 6-4, 6-1 in the finals.

Eldridge also cruised through to the district championship. She won 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals, and 6-0, 6-0 in the finals.

Finishing as the runner-up in their brackets were Michael Moore in No. 2 boys singles; Walker Lambiotte and James Powell in No. 1 boys doubles; and Sarah Beth Johnston and Olivia Larsen in No. 1 girls doubles.

Johnson and Larsen gutted out a 6-2, 3-6, 10-3 victory over Providence Classical in the semifinals, then lost 6-0, 6-1 to Cathedral in the championship match.

Lambiotte and Powell won 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals against Cathedral, but lost to Copiah Academy in the finals.

In boys singles, Michael Moore rolled through his semifinal match 6-1, 6-0, but lost 7-6, 6-1 in the finals.

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 140-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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