St. Andrew's-Sewanee School was well represented at the Division IIA East Region Individual in Knoxville on May 6-7. Five players qualified for the tournament based on their top-four finishes in the District 2 Tournament the previous week.
In girls’ singles, Kira Engelhardt and Tania González-Horstmann played their usual consistent and strategic tennis, but their opponents were too strong. Engelhardt fell to The King’s Academy #1 player, and González-Horstmann fell to Christian Academy of Knoxville’s #1 player and the eventual East Region champion.
In boys’ singles, Nathan King took control over his first opponent from Webb School of Knoxville, winning 6-3, 6-3. In the semi-final round, King faced the District 2 champion from Silverdale. King battled three sets in play characterized by versatility and persistence, but he ultimately fell 6-4 in the third set. King next faced the District 1 champion from Webb School of Knoxville. In another three-set contest, King frustrated his opponent with tenacious play but came short of the win 6-4, 3-6, 3-6.
“Nathan played his best tennis of his high school career with three consecutive gutsy performances. He fought for every point, placed his shots strategically, maneuvered the court well, and kept his composure. It was a fantastic and memorable way to finish his senior season!” said Coach Kelley Black.
In girls’ doubles, District 2 champs Jenna Black and Emma Greer got right to business in their first match with a victory over The King’s Academy 6-4, 6-2. In their semi-final match, the girls faced Webb School of Knoxville; SAS executed well, but the Webb team’s aggressive net play proved too much as the girls lost 6-4, 6-1. Next, Black and Greer faced Notre Dame’s #1 team for the 3rd place spot. They rose to the occasion in this match with strong baseline play to force opportunities at the net, winning 6-3, 7-5 and earning a coveted spot at the Division IIA State Championships in Murfreesboro at the end of May.
“Emma and Jenna played focused, smart tennis and showed great teamwork against tenacious opponents. In pressure points, they were able to get the job done. It is so difficult to get to the State Tournament, and we are extremely proud of their hard work,” commented Coach Black.