Lady Cyclones start with bang in girls doubles

By Matt Hill

   One Elizabethton High School girls doubles team is looking to defend its District 1-AA title, while another is trying to follow in their footsteps.
   But for the proven team of Amanda Pike and Liz Dove and the newer team of Abby Bremer and Allison Parlier, it was a successful start to the postseason on Monday night at the EHS Tennis Center.
   Both teams had little trouble yesterday, as each won 6-0, 6-0 in their opening matches after receiving first round byes.
   For Pike and Dove, the decision to play doubles was made easier by what the tandem accomplished last year. They went to the state tournament in the doubles competition a year ago.
   The Spring Fling has moved from Chattanooga to Memphis, but the goal remains the same for these two Lady Cyclones.
   "I think we have our best shot playing doubles," Dove said. "This year we're coming back with a vengeance."
   Dove and Pike showed in their match against a team from Sullivan North that they might even be clicking more as a team this year than they did in 2002.
   Dove is extremely confident playing with Pike.
   "We did it last year," Dove said. "I don't see why we can't go as far as we did if not farther."
   Pike knows that winning this before with Dove gives her a good feel for their chances to win it again.
   "That gives us a lot more confidence," Pike said. "We know that we won it before and that we can win it again."
   The semifinals and finals are today. If Pike and Dove reach the championship match like they're expected to, they could be matched up with Bremer and Parlier.
   Bremer and Parlier also played well in the their match, and may have made some people take notice of them.
   Bremer would love to see that All-Cyclone final later this afternoon.
   "We're a little disappointed about not placing first in the District, so we're looking to come out strong in this tournament," Bremer said.
   A trip to the final would also mean an appearance in the Region Tournament next week. For Parlier, that would just be good enough for her.
   "We're all a team, and I just hope we can all go together," Parlier said.
   In girls singles, Elizabethton's Ashley Street won 6-0, 6-0 over Sullivan North's Amber Gillenwater in the first round before losing to three-time District Champion Amber Campbell from Unicoi County.
   On the boys side, the top two singles seeds weren't on the court very long in their matches.
   Johnson County standout and top-seed Adam Cornett easily defeated Sullivan North's Ben Marshall 6-0, 6-1, while Elizabethton's David Reece knocked off Unicoi County's David Seagroves 6-1, 6-0.
   In the other two boys singles semifinals, Elizabethton's Curtis Brumit pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Unicoi County's Andre Schertges, and Sullivan North's Matt Jones avoided the upset with a furious rally to beat Johnson County's Justin Genaille 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
   Cornett will take on Brumit in the semifinals due to the fact two players from the same school can't meet until the final. That means that even though Cornett is the top-seed, his road to the finals might be a lot harder than Reece's.
   "He's not your typical No. 2 seed," Cornett said about Brumit. "I would really like to play him just for the experience. I don't care if I get beat, I would rather play somebody better and lose."
   Still, Cornett was a little puzzled by the draw.
   "I feel like I got the tougher draw, and I'm still trying to figure out why," he said. "The best players win no matter what, so I'll see what I can do."
   Cornett will have a very eager opponent on the other side of the net today. After Brumit dominated the No. 2 seed all year long, the freshman will now be playing in the match of his life.
   "It's going to be fun playing him," Brumit said. "I'm going to try to keep it back and hopefully win."
   Reece's performance was very admirable, especially considering that he had to wait eight hours to play at the Bristol Racquet Club before matches were moved back to Elizabethton after his match was done.
   "Of course you're going to get a little bit anxious to get out there and play, but I just tried to stay loose and keep my mind shut." Reece said. I had a decent performance today."
   Rain halted a second round doubles match involving Elizabethton's Devin Johnson and Jamis Gouge, but the Cyclone tandem was winning easily before the delay.
   If rain comes today, play will be moved from EHS back to the Bristol Racquet Club.