The Maryville High School Girls Tennis Team played host to Rhea County in the home opener for the Lady Rebels. Both teams came into the day with undefeated records. With key absences in Maryville’s lineup due to other school sponsored activities, the Lady Rebels had their work cut out for them. Maryville would show some fight, but overall, Rhea County would prevail.
Maryville would begin the day playing doubles first. Maryville would be tested right away with different doubles pairings. Rhea County would sweep the doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead. The closest Maryville would come in doubles would be from the duo of Karie Schultze and Payton Murray, as they would fall at court 2 by a score of 5-8.
Moving into singles, the Lady Rebels would show a bit more fight in the middle of the lineup. Rhea County would take court two to give the Lady Eagles a 4-0 lead. Rhea County would need one more court to clinch the duel match. All eyes turned to the battle on court 4 as Maryville’s Payton Murray and Rhea County’s Malee Kate Ballard would need a tie breaker to decide their court. Ballard would get the win and clinch the match for Rhea County. The Lady Eagles kept their foot on the gas, getting another point at the top court to push the lead to 6-0. Maryville would find their way onto the board as Faith Kirby delivered the Lady Rebels lone point of the day with an 8-1 win at court 6. Rhea County would take one more point at court 5 to make it 7-1 in favor of the Lady Eagles. The last court of the day would see a tight battle almost going tie break at court 3. Rhea County’s Hannah Parker would take a 9-7 win over Maryville’s Angelique Beswick. Rhea County wins the duel match 8-1.
The loss for Maryville puts them at 1-1 on the season. Maryville will look to get back on track as they open up District 4LS play on Wednesday, March 27th. The Lady Rebels will play host to district foe Hardin Valley Academy. Match time is set for 4:30pm at the Maryville High School Tennis Complex.
Girls Tennis Box Score
Sarah Edwards (RC) def Noelle Beswick (M) 8-3
Maddie Smith (RC) def Karie Schultze (M) 8-2
Hannah Parker (RC) def Angelique Beswick (M) 9-7
Malee Kate Ballard (RC) def Payton Murray (M) 9-8(3)
Alexis Smith (RC) def Olivia Larsen (M) 8-4
Faith Kirby (M) def Claire Calbaugh (RC) 8-1
Edwards / Parker (RC) def N. Beswick / A. Beswick (M) 8-4
M. Smith / Ballard (RC) def Schultze / Murray (M) 8-5
Kaylee Morgan / Hannah Logglan (RC) def Larsen / Kirby (M) 8-0
Rhea County (5-0) def Maryville (1-1) 8-1
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 2, 1, 3 Singles: 2, 4*, 1, 6, 5, 3