Lady Cards fall in district finals; Individuals continue to advance
For only the second time all season, the Lady Cardinal Tennis Team lost a match last Tuesday afternoon.
Unfortunately for Adamsville (12-2), the loss came in the District 15 A-AA Championship against the Trinity Christian Academy Lady Lions, which happens to be same team that gave AHS its first loss of the season.
Before the match began, Darby Congiardo had amassed a 12-1 record in her singles matches in 2012. By the end of the match, she had earned her 13th victory of the season.
In a rematch with TCA’s Julea Tignor, who defeated Congiardo (8-6) on April 3, the Lady Cardinal junior dominated Tignor in straight sets (6-0, 6-3). Adamsville’s No. 2, freshman Maddie Wilson, was also victorious. Wilson defeated Lady Lion Kennedy Brookfield in an up and down match (2-6, 6-2, 6-2). Wilson had previously lost to Brookfield (8-5) earlier in the season.
The two victories were all the Lady Cards could muster against the strong TCA team, falling to the Lady Lions 4-2. Mary Nell Sparks defeated Adamsville’s Kasandra Krenson (3-6, 6-2, 6-3), Lindy Tatum defeated Ali Gean (6-4, 6-2), and Lauren Presley defeated Allison Smarsh (6-2, 6-0) before Congiardo and Krenson lost their doubles match to Tignor and Brookfield (8-5).
Wilson and Gean’s doubles match against Sparks and Presley was retired with the Lady Cardinals trailing (6-5) when TCA acquired its fourth victory.
All was not lost for the Lady Cardinals as several of the girls competed as individuals in the tournament last Thursday.
“It was a good season for the girls,” Cardinal head coach Michael Harvill said after the match. “Now we’re looking forward to the individual tournament.”
At Conger Park in Jackson, Tenn., several Cardinal Tennis players advanced in the individual’s portion of the tournament, including a female singles player and a doubles duo that reached the tournament finals.
On the fourth day of play last Monday, Congiardo advanced to the District 15 A-AA Individual Singles Championship by defeating Madison’s Annie Wright in straight sets (6-3, 6-0). Wilson and Gean were also successful, defeating Madison’s Reed and Ward (6-2, 6-2) to advance to the Double Team Championship that was played after deadline last Tuesday.
“Darby Congiardo was named the District 15 A-AA Girls’ Player of the Year,” said head coach Michael Harvill about his junior that touts a 14-1 record in singles matches this year. “Also, the Madison team of Reed and Ward was the No. 1-seeded doubles team going into the tournament, so this was a huge win for Gean and Wilson. I am very proud of my girls.”
Ten Cardinals advanced with byes in the first round. Congiardo, Krenson, and Anthony Trumble earned byes in singles, and doubles pairings, Wilson and Gean along with Josh Warshaw and Cameron Gramse, and Taylor Wilder and Kerby Harville, advanced with byes as well.
In singles, Cody Trumble advanced past the first round with a win by default. In first round doubles action, Smarsh and Gray were defeated in straight sets by Scared Heart’s Odom and Young (6-4, 6-3).
In the second round, doubles partners Wilson and Gean defeated Sacred Heart’s Winkleman and Wert (6-1, 4-6, 6-4). In boys’ doubles, Warshaw and Gramse were defeated by Bolivar’s Harris and Wilson (6-1, 6-3), and Adamsville’s Wilder and Harville won their match by default.
In second round singles, Congiardo stayed hot and defeated Hope Roberson in straight sets (6-0, 6-0), and Cody Trumble advanced by default once again. Krenson was defeated by Trinity Christian Academy’s Lindy Tatum (6-2, 6-4), and Anthony Trumble was defeated by Chester County’s Mike Price in a close match (3-6, 6-1, 6-3), leaving just Congiardo and Cody Trumble to represent the Cards in the singles quarterfinal action.
Congiardo got the job done once again by defeating Kelly Maroney of Sacred Heart (6-0, 6-0) in the quarters, but Cody Trumble was defeated by TCA’s Nathan Tignor (6-0, 6-2).
In doubles, Wilder and Harville lost in straight sets to Lexington’s Denewith and Morris (6-0, 6-0), but Lady Cardinals Wilson and Gean stayed alive by defeating TCA’s Lauren Presley and Mary Nell Sparks (6-2, 6-4).