AHS seniors ready for sectionals today

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Andalusia seniors Alex Evans and Tucker Foshee really want to make it back to the Class 4A state tennis tournament.

After missing out last season, Evans and Foshee will get another chance today at the boys sectional tournament at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile.

Evans, Foshee and the rest of the boys team will start tournament play today at 9 a.m.

AHS is in the same section with Charles Henderson and UMS-Wright.

“We want it pretty bad, since it’s our last year,” Evans said about making it to state.

This will be Foshee’s first appearance at sectionals.

For the past four to five matches, Foshee has played at either the No. 5 or 6 seeds in singles, and No. 2 in doubles.

Evans said it’s going to take a lot of “focus” to win today.

“Focusing is the main thing, which is what I have to do,” he said. “Each one of the players has their own little faults that cause them to play bad, but mine is my focus.”

However, the seniors said they move their opponents well near the baseline, which can be advantageous.

“We’re good at that, but we’ve just got to stay focused and keep it going the first few games,” Evans said.

In addition to the boys team, the Lady Bulldogs will also be vying for a state-tournament berth today at the girls’ sectional.

Andalusia senior Anna Beth Bowden, who is the No. 3 seed on the team, said she’s excited about the opportunity to play in her second sectional tournament.

“It’s my senior year, so it’s my last chance to do really well,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it. I hope we can do really, really well.”

Like the boys, the girls will also play CHHS and UMS-Wright.

When asked how beneficial it is to have a year of sectionals under her belt, Bowden said it gives players an advantage because they know who they’re going to play against.

“It kind of lets you know what to expect and who pretty much is going to be there — how they play in respect to you,” Bowden said.

Bowden isn’t going to be the only sectional-experienced player from AHS going to Mobile today. Teammate Sarah Atkinson will be there as well, she said.

Bowden said the main key today for the girls, especially, is to play together as a team.

Opp’s boys will be playing in their sectional tournament on Wednesday at the Wiregrass Park in Dothan.

The sectional winner and runner up advance to the state tournament, which will be held April 25-26 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.