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PC aims to defend state title

by Tony Burns | August 14, 2021 at 5:51 p.m.

Parkers Chapel opens the tennis season as the reigning girls 2A state champion. Both the Lady Trojans and the Trojans begin this year with hopes for another run into the postseason.

“I am really looking forward to this season. We have some great talent in both the boys and girls team,” said PC coach Casey Rapp.

“Our girls team are returning state champions. Even though we graduated some strong talent, I believe this girls team has the potential to be a top contender for the state title.”

The boys’ roster includes: Jackson Dison, Spencer Frisby, Mason Dougan, Brody Goodwin, Will Hardy, Tanner Hazlewood, Cade Fenell, Jordis Battisto, Payton Willeford, Patrick Copes and Landon Black.

The girls’ roster includes: Bella Frisby, Rebekah Hardy, Kallie Martin, Madison Sullivan, Madison Arnold, Mckenzie Morgan, Abbey Williams, Delaney Gilmore, Tatum Watson, Reaux McAuliffe, Grace Rainwater, Brooklyn Porter, Abi Birmingham, Katherine Smith and Delaney Mason.

“The girls team has two returning seniors, Rebekah Hardy and Madison Sullivan,” Rapp said. “Both of these girls are strong players and great leaders for the team because they work hard and push the others to do well. Most of the team will be young, consisting mostly of sophomores and a few freshmen.

“We have returning sophomores Kallie Martin and Bella Frisby. Kallie placed fourth in singles at state last year and Bella was doubles champion with Ali Looney. We have some very promising up and coming talent this year. As of now, Madison Arnold and Mckenzie Morgan hold the five and six spot on the team. These girls are incredibly hard working and overall just good athletes. As if that were not enough, the next several girls are some seriously good players. I truly feel like I have an entire team of 15 girls that could potentially be state level players.”

Dison, a promising sophomore, returns to power PC’s boys. He is one of four returning players, joining Spencer Frisby, Dougan and Goodwin.

“Spencer Frisby and Mason Dougan are our seniors. Spencer placed second in state doubles last year with his partner Austin Looney. Spencer and Mason are both strong players and could be used in either singles or doubles. Jackson Dison placed fourth in state singles last year and I expect him to do very well this year because he is such an incredibly talented player. Brody Goodwin is another strong and experienced player who could potentially do great things this year. As of now, sophomores Will Hardy and Tanner Hazlewood hold the five and six spots for our team and are solid players. I think our boys definitely have a shot of being one of the top teams in state this year.”

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