Montgomery Academy sweeps State Tennis Championships
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (ahsaa.com) – Montgomery Academy’s boys won its sixth straight state tennis championship and the Montgomery Academy girls won its eighth title in the last nine seasons as the Eagles swept the AHSAA Class 1A/3A state tennis championships concluded Wednesday at Lagoon Park.
Coach David Bethea’s boys won five of the six singles championships and all three doubles titles to post 61 points. Runner-up Altamont had 26, American Christian and Houston Academy tied for third with 21 each.
Senior Bo Torbert won the No. 1 singles championship for the third year in a row. He beat John David Shealy of American Christian 6-0, 6-0 in the finals Wednesday and also joined his younger brother James Torbert to win the No. 1 doubles title over Madison Academy’s Dylan Young and Thomas Lambdin, 7-6, 6-1. Janes, a freshman, also won at No. 2 singles.
Other singles winners included Allen Millsap, Wyatt Davidson and William Robertson, at 4, 5 and 6, respectively, for MA. Dylan Fullilove of Altamont prevented a complete sweep winning the No. 3 singles title over Robert Dunlap of Houston Academy, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
Westbrook Christian was selected the boys’ Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Meanwhile, Montgomery Academy’s Lady Eagles scored 56 points, winning two singles winners and won all three doubles championships to take the title. Bayside Academy, which won the other four singles championships, was second with 40 points and Decatur Heritage finished third with 23.
MA, coached by Jennifer Hill and Tommy Traylor, won the No. 4 singles championship with senior Lucy Massey beating Kristen Cates of Westminster-Oak Mountain 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in the finals. Freshman Shelby Slawson won the No. 6 singles. Elizabeth Robertson and Holland Griffin downed Abby Tubbs and Lizzie Bishop of Decatur Heritage in the No. 1 doubles finals 6-2, 6-4. Kate Dockery and Massey won No. 2 doubles, and Sellers McConnell joined Martha Earnest to take the No. 3 doubles crown.
Abby Warner of Bayside won the No. 1 singles championship beating Erin Young of Madison Academy 6-1, 6-0. Kida Ferrari, Evelyn Pickett and Mary Catherine Branyon also won singles in the No. 2, 3 and 5 slots.
Altamont was the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the girls’ division.