FAIRFIELD BAY - Parkers Chapel enjoyed its stay at Fairfield Bay, winning both the boys’ and girls’ 2A State Tennis Championships Tuesday at the Fairfield Bay Tennis Center. The Lady Trojans won the title for the second straight year.
“It’s my first time having both teams win it at the same time,” said PC coach Casey Rapp. “It’s an incredible feeling. I’m happy to share the experience with these great kids.”
Parkers Chapel’s Jackson Dison won the boys’ singles championship to lead the Trojans, who scored eight points to edge Maumelle Charter and West Side Greers Ferry, who had seven points apiece. The Lady Trojans advanced both doubles teams to the finals with Bella Frisby and Kallie Martin edging teammates Rebekah Hardy and Madison Sullivan 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) in two tiebreaks.
“I think it was a big deal for them to win it back-to-back. They put in a lot of hard work this year. They were excited to see themselves win,” said Rapp, who talked about the stress of watching both PC teams competing for the championship.
“I just tried to look at it as, either way, Parkers Chapel is still winning as a team. So, in the end, no matter if one team lost, we all still won.”
While PC’s girls were dominant, the Trojans’ championship was nip-and-tuck all the way to the final doubles match.
“I was hoping going in that we had the ability to win state. I thought we could pull it off. I knew it was going to be a hard battle but they pulled it off,” said Rapp.
Dison was the only Trojan to advance to the second day of play.
“He played amazing. He finished the finals with 6-0, 6-0,” said Rapp of Dison’s win over Maumelle Charter’s Ben Conklin in the championship match.
Spencer Frisby and Brody Goodwin won their first round doubles’ match 6-4, 6-2, which helped the Trojans lift the championship trophy.
PC’s Mason Dougan lost in the first round of singles. Will Hardy and Tanner Hazelwood fell in the first round of doubles.
Frisby and Martin dropped just two games on Monday, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Riverside and 6-2, 6-0 over Cedar Ridge. Hardy and Sullivan beat Life Way Christian 6-0, 6-1 and East Poinsett County 6-2, 6-1.
Abbey Williams and Tatum Watson both won their opening singles matches before losing in the second round. Williams beat Mary Brookhausen of Life Way Christian 6-0, 6-2 before falling to Conway Christian’s Madeleine Tanguay 6-1, 7-5. Watson beat Life Way’s Anna Landruth 6-3, 7-5 but fell to Conway Christian’s Caroline Huff 6-0, 6-1.
Rapp said the two singles victories played big roles for the Lady Trojans.
“It’s always important for everyone to get a win when they can. I considered it very important,” said Rapp, who said he’s happy to see the season end on such a positive note.
“It’s been stressful but rewarding watching them play and having such good results. Now, I’m ready to rest.”
After being reminded of the Overall Tournament, he added, “Oh yeah, we have the Overall. Forgot about that. Well, after the Overall, I’ll rest.”