Eagle tennis routs Cougars

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2005

Fresh off a sweep of Cottage Hill, the Fort Dale Eagles tennis team turned their attention to their first district match of the season. Their opponent and only district foe is Crenshaw Christian School. The two met Tuesday afternoon and it was a "ladies only" affair.

Crenshaw Christian wasn't able to field a men's team this year giving the Fort Dale boys a free ride to the state tournament, but the Lady Cougars made the trip from Luverne to Greenville to face the Fort Dale Lady Eagles.

This was the first of two matches that the district opponents will play this season.

Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Eagles did the equivalent of a pitcher throwing a no hitter – they recorded "Golden Sets." Or, to be more specific, multiples of the "Golden Set."

Laura Skipper started the event off with a pair of 6-0 shutouts of Kristen Carver. Things went downhill from there for the Lady Cougars.

Janie Mullins kept the momentum rolling with a pair of 6-0 shutouts of her own against the Lady Cougar's No. 3, Danielle Welch.

Welch remained on the court, but her opponent changed. Whitney Jacks saddled Welch with another pair of 6-0 losses.

Kayla Butts disposed of Crenshaw Christian's No. 5, Kayla Myrick to the tune of 6-0, 6-0.

The alternates for both squads were able to get in on the action as well.

Carlton McGowin posted a pair of 6-0 wins against Megan Giddens. Renee Scott defeated Lakan Beck 8-0 and then Elizabeth Dunklin routed her opponent, Anna Carver 8-0 as well.

In the doubles portion of the meet, Skipper and Mullins downed Carver and Welch 8-0 and were followed by a victory from Jacks and Butts against Myrick and Beck, 8-0.

Both sets of Eagles will return to action on Monday.

They travel to Montgomery's Lagoon Park for a match against Tuscaloosa Academy. The Knights and the Lady Knights are the defending AISA champions in tennis but, according to Fort Dale coach Johnny Mack Brown, are weak this year.

The match that the Eagle squads are looking forward to is on Wednesday when they play host to Lee-Scott Academy. The match will be played at Beeland Park and will be scored using the 10-point pro style scoring. It's set up basically where the first person to 10 points picks up the victory.