Marion County boys tennis team in search of second straight state title

Marion County plays Trion in final

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comMay 9, 2014 

The Marion County boys tennis team will try to make it two in a row when it competes in the Class A public-school tennis championship on Saturday in Jonesboro.

The Eagles took home the hardware last season and will face Trion with a chance to get their second title in school history.

The Eagles swept the first round and battled to more contentious victories in the quarter and semifinals, 3-1 over Gordon Lee and 3-2 over Miller County.

Trion, meanwhile, swept two of its matches, including a 3-0 affair against Telfair County in the semifinals.

Marion County will rely on strength at No. 1 singles and 1 doubles. In the former, Gray Wells is 13-1 individually this season, while the latter was undefeated in Area 1-A play.

Daniel Peacock was 12-2 at 2 singles and Bense Medders 14-0 at 3 singles. Skylar McAllister and Joseph Long will team up for 2 doubles.

Trion, meanwhile, will counter with Alec Jerauld at 1 singles, Isaac Thomas at 2 singles and Zach Mildren at 3 singles. Payton Payne and Casey Tutor will team up at 1 doubles and Landon Barrett and Kaleb Stoner at 2 doubles.

Both doubles pairs won quick matches in the semifinals with 2 singles bringing home the team victory. Neither Jerauld nor Mildren finished their semifinals matches.

Marion County assistant coach Judson Peacock said via email that the Eagles were looking forward to the challenge.

"We know very little about Trion, but they have obviously put together a stream team and a had a great season to get to the final," he wrote. "Our team has worked hard all season to give themselves a chance to repeat as state champions and we are looking forward to the challenge."

The match will be played at the Clayton County Tennis Center in Jonesboro, Ga. The day's matches are set to begin at 8:45 a.m. and will take place throughout the day.

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