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April 23, 2013

CLASS 5A STATE TENNIS TOURNEY: Cullman girls head into final day in 3rd, 5 back of leader

CULLMAN — Cullman's girls tennis team is right in the thick of the hunt for the Class 5A state title for yet another year after a strong first day of competition on Monday in Decatur.

The Lady Bearcats still have four singles players in contention for championships on their respective courts, while all three doubles tandems lived to fight another day.

Briarwood Christian heads into Tuesday's final day in first place with 42 points, five more than St. Paul's and eight more than Cullman in third.

Though the Black and Gold boys are likely out of the team race — they finished Day 1 in sixth with 20 points, 19 behind first-place St. Paul's — they are still represented by three singles players and one doubles duo.

Semifinal action is slated to begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

See Day 1 results for both Cullman squads below:

 

Girls

Singles

No. 1 – Hannah Cornelius

def. Chilton County 6-1, 6-1

lost to St. Paul's 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

 

No. 2 – McKenzie Bussman

advanced with bye

Will play Walker

 

No. 3 – Olivia Sharpton

advanced with bye

def. Chilton County 6-1, 6-0

Will play St. Paul's

 

No. 4 – Bailey Baker

def. Valley 6-0, 6-0

def. Benjamin Russell 6-0, 6-1

Will play Arab/St. Paul's

 

No. 5 – Anna Trevarthen

advanced with bye

Will play Walker

 

No. 6 – Makenna Smith

def. Muscle Shoals 6-4, 6-1

lost to St. Paul's 7-5, 6-2

 

Doubles

No. 1 – Hannah Cornelius/McKenzie Bussman

def. Hartselle 6-1, 6-0

def. Walker 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

Will play St. Paul's

 

No. 2 – Olivia Sharpton/Bailey Baker

advanced with bye

def. Gulf Shores 6-1, 6-3

Will play Hartselle

 

No. 3 – Anna Trevarthen/Mary Claire Smith

def. Valley 6-0, 6-0

def. Muscle Shoals 6-4, 6-2

Will play St. Paul's

 

Boys

Singles

No. 1 – Clint Watson

def. Walker 6-1, 6-2

lost to Spanish Fort 6-0, 6-3

 

No. 2 – Baylor Adams

def. Demopolis 6-2, 6-0

def. Walker 6-4, 6-4

Will play St. Paul's

 

No. 3 – Jacob Davis

advanced with bye

lost to Walker 6-3, 6-3

 

No. 4 – Luke Bowden

advanced with bye

lost to Muscle Shoals 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

 

No. 5 – Ryan Hunt

def. Homewood 6-2, 6-1

def. Walker 6-3, 6-3

Will play Spanish Fort

 

No. 6 – Matthew Davis

def. Demopolis 6-0, 6-0

Will play Walker

 

Doubles

No. 1 – Baylor Adams/Jacob Davis

lost to Spanish Fort

 

No. 2 – Clint Watson/Luke Bowden

advanced with bye

lost to Walker 6-3, 6-4

 

No. 3 – Ryan Hunt/Matthew Davis

advanced with bye

def. Benjamin Russell 6-1, 6-1

Will play Russellville

 

% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.

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