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Houck, McMurry, to led Class AAA westside tennis effort at state

Sophomore tennis players Alex Houck of Farragut and Kayla McMurry of Bearden earned Class AAA State Tournament match berths to Murfreesboro after claiming Region 2-AAA titles last week.

Meanwhile, Christian Academy of Knoxville girls tennis team made it a repeat of last year’s sectionals, beating Elizabethton 4-1.

With a 15-1 record, CAK headed into the Class A/AA state semifinal match versus University School of Jackson played earlier this week in Murfreesboro.

Winner played the Ezell-Harding versus Chattanooga Christian winner for title Wednesday, May 21. (More on CAK later in this story).


McMurry takes an unbeaten 18-0 record to Murfreesboro, and will play freshman Kaylene Chadwell of Centennial in the state quarterfinals beginning today, Thursday, May 22.

Houck, 16-1, will play Ryan Spencer of Dickson County in state quarterfinals also May 22.

“This year he just came in with a lot more confidence and really stepped up when it got tight,” FHS head coach Josh Nelson said.

Nelson’s FHS girls team fell short in its bid for a state berth, losing to Tennessee High 4-2 in sectional. Julia Hsu and Jamie Long won for the Lady Admirals, whose team ends with a 12-3 record.

“That was an exciting match ... it was disappointing because it was winnable,” Nelson said.


A win against Elizabethton was possible “if we really concentrated and kept our heads in the game” said Brooke Griffith, CAK sophomore, who is joined at state by teammates Sarah Hamilton, Kia Batiste, Kathleen Burg, Ruthie Edmunds, Brooke Griffith and alternate Morgan Arrants.

Individual Class A/AA state tourney is Thursday and Friday, May 22-23.

Kathleen Burg and Ruthie Edmunds will represent CAK doubles individually, as will Warrior Will Sparks, a freshman district and region champ heading to state in boys singles.

Sparks will face Ben Gaines of USJ, while Burg-Edmunds will face Sheree Fann-Rachel Young of Cannon County.

Christian Academy is planning to expand its tennis program by adding six tennis courts to be completed this summer.


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