Good day for 'Betsy in district

Semifinal rounds loaded with EHS representatives

By Rebecca Pierson
STAR Staff

   The Elizabethton Cyclone tennis team had a great outing in day one of the district tournament yesterday. The team will have four representatives in the semifinal singles round and four doubles in the second round today.
   In the boys singles, both Curtis Brumit (No. 1 seed) and Seth Wallingford (No. 3), and Johnson County's James Cox (No. 2) and Sullivan North's Ben Marshall (No. 4) all earned byes in the first round.
   David Seagraves, Unicoi, defeated Trevor Ball of Volunteer, 7-5, 6-0. Justin Genaille of Johnson County lost to Johnathan Wallace of Sullivan Central, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Brandon Church of Volunteer, defeated Nathan Gulcynski of Unicoi, 2-6, 6-6 (9), 6-0. Brett Hyder of Central defeated Kevin Willis of North, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
   In the second round of singles play, Brumit defeated Seagroves, 6-1, 6-0.
   "I am feeling pretty good," Brumit said. "I have been hitting good over the last three days, and it carried it over today. Hopefully, it will last through tomorrow. I am just going to go out there, and play like I have always played and hope for the best."
   Marshall defeated Wallace, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Cox won over Church, 6-4, 6-2. Wallingford also advanced into third round play by defeating Hyder, 6-2, 7-6 (1).
   "I am extremely happy," Wallingford said. "[Hyder] really played awesome, and I just really had to get it into gear. I've got something to work for tomorrow."
   In boys' doubles action, Jamis Gouge and Tim Franklin (No 4 seed), Patrick Glendorf and Drew Parsons of Unicoi (No. 1), Andy Clark and Justin Ivory of Volunteer (No. 2), and Jan Koesters and Brandon Troplett of Unicoi (No. 3) earned first round byes.
   Matt Blevins and Chris Eller of Johnson County defeated Josh Stevens and Westley Ketron of Central, 7-6, 6-0. Cory Roberts and Hunter Williams of North lost to Seth Leinback and Trey Vanzant of Volunteer, 6-0, 6-0. Tanner Looney and James Eaton of Central lost to Josh Ray and Aaron Hartley, 7-5, 6-0.
   Jordan Peters and Sean Snyder beat out Johnson County's Jeremy Gerace and Judd Shoun, 6-1, 6-3.
   "I am pretty excited," Snyder said. "I came out trying to swing but my felt bad. But I did all right. I will try to do better tomorrow."
   "I think it is really good that we have made it this far," Peters said. "I really want to play Volunteer's doubles because last time when we played them, we lost. I just want to win that one and move on further into the rounds. "
   In the girls' singles, Amanda Pike (No. 1 seed), Allison Parlier (No. 3), Stacy Wingate of Central (No. 2), and Jessica Ketron of North (No. 4) earned the first-round byes.
   Ashly Roundtree of Volunteer lost to Melina DeOliveira of Unicoi, 6-1, 6-0. Amanda Queen of Central advanced over Lindsay Gilbert of Johnson Co., 6-1, 6-1.
   Jessica Tipton of Unicoi defeated Emily Knapp of North, 6-2, 6-4. Brittany Howerton of Volunteer lost to Katie Sluder of Johnson Co., 0-6, 7-5, 6-4.
   For the second round competition, Pike advanced after defeating DeOliveira, 6-0, 6-1.
   "I will just have to take it one match at a time," Pike said. "I thought I played pretty well tonight. I was a lot better than I was a few days ago. I took my time and I had a lot of patience. I just need to stay with that, and play my game and not someone elses."
   Queen defeated Ketron, 6-1, 6-3. Wingate defeated Tipton, 6-2, 6-3. Sluder lost to Parlier, 6-1, 6-0.
   "I am going to basically be getting my forehand shots in and my serves down," Parlier said. "I am trying to also work on my backhand. Hopefully, that will help out in tomorrow's match."
   In the girls' doubles, Kristina Elliott and Ashley Street (No. 4 seed), Jesica Pauli and Tracy Cartier of Unicoi (No. 1), Jennifer Jones and Steevie Caldwell of Volunteer (No. 2), and Paula Edwards and Jessica Crews of Unicoi (No. 3) earned byes for the first round of doubles.
   Bethany Marshall and Kelly Vanover of North defeated Rebecca Sannes and Kerissa Cazire of Johnson County, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Whitney Doughtery and Samantha Huber of Central lost to Danielle Alley and Liza Stowe, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Kylee Looney and Julie LeSuer of Central lost to Lindsay Vaughn and Kim Mitchell of North, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
   Megan Hayworth and Cortney Motsinger of Johnson County lost to Erin Rogers and Lourean Hughes, 6-1, 6-2.
   "I am excited," Rogers said. "We did better than I thought."
   "I had never played before," Hughes said about what she was expecting going into the districts. "I didn't really know what to expect at all. I am excited."
   The matches continue this morning around 11:30. The second round of doubles will begin, along with the singles semi-finals.