Longhorn boys trim Volunteer

By Matt Hill

   MOUNTAIN CITY -- In a span of a week, the Johnson County boys tennis team went from not having a No. 6 player to having one of Northeast Tennessee's top athletes playing that spot.
   Having that No. 6 player really paid dividends on Thursday.
   Johnson County's Judd Shoun, an All-Conference point guard on the Longhorns' substate boys basketball team this past season, won his singles and doubles matches to help lead the Longhorns to a 5-4 win over the Volunteer Falcons at the JCHS Tennis Courts.
   "I'm real proud of all the kids," Johnson County tennis coach Ryan Arnold said. "They did great. They needed this win. It's a big bonus. They're all improving, but Judd really does help. That's a good six seed. He's very athletic, and he's just quick to the ball. He's kind of a natural.
   "He really helped us out tonight. Without him we would have had to forfeit two matches and we would have lost."
   Shoun easily won his singles match, then teamed up with Jared Angel for the doubles win in the dark that clinched the overall match victory.
   "I don't have much athletic ability, but the little I have I guess it kind of comes out on the tennis courts," Shoun said. "Moving around a lot and just hand-eye coordination, all that I learned in basketball, I think it comes out on the tennis court."
   With several of Shoun's basketball teammates cheering him on, it all came down to Shoun and Angel's doubles match to decide the win.
   Shoun felt like things were going to go the Longhorns way.
   "I felt we were going to win the whole time," Shoun said. "Jared really carried us, I didn't do much of anything. I couldn't really see the ball, I don't think anybody else could. He stuck it out and he pulled it out for us there in the end."
   It was also a good day for Justin Genaille and Adam Cornett. They both won their singles matches, and also teamed up for a doubles victory.
   Cornett looked very impressive in his 6-1, 6-2 singles victory over Andy Clark.
   "That's the best I've played in awhile," Cornett said. "I finally got my head in the game, and started playing like I should. He was a great player, but I just felt really good about my game today."
   The Longhorns will be back in action in Church Hill on Tuesday to take on these same Volunteer Falcons.