Senator tennis teams set sights on postseason

Published 9:20 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Morgan Academy’s Sophie Talton returns a serve during a doubles match against Monroe Academy on Tuesday. -- Robert Hudson

Morgan Academy’s Sophie Talton returns a serve during a doubles match against Monroe Academy on Tuesday. — Robert Hudson

With the season about to come to a close, the Morgan Academy Senators boys and girls tennis teams are once again setting their sights on bringing home some hardware. 

Morgan Academy tennis coach Baxter Stinson said the season has gone well so far.

“Things have gone really well,” Stinson said. “We’ve really only lost to one team — Tuscaloosa Academy, who won state last year.”

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With individual title winners from last year currently competing on this year’s team, such as senior Caroline Sherrer and sophomore Peyton Mathiews, Stinson said there are a lot of opportunities for Morgan to rack up some wins at the Alabama Independent School Association State Tournament at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park on April 15-16.

“Caroline, as soon as state’s over, she’s signing to play Division-I tennis at University North Carolina-Asheville. She’s undefeated and she’s also playing doubles with her sister, and they’re undefeated in doubles. We’re looking for wins there,” Stinson said. “Sophie Talton, who is a freshman, has had a really good year. It’s her first year in the top five. Sarah Reeves, she’s had a good season too in singles. Some of our boys have only lost to Tuscaloosa. Will Sherrer — Caroline’s brother — and Connor Henderson, who’s playing his first year, have beaten Tuscaloosa.”

Reeves, a senior, said it’s been a good year, and now the Senators are working hard the next two weeks to prepare for the state tournament.

“It’s been an interesting year. We’ve had to change our lineups a lot from the past year because of some newer players we have, and this year I’m playing doubles with my cousin, who’s a senior also. We have three other seniors, so it’s been an important year for us sentimentally,” Reeves said. “We’ve been doing pretty well, and I think we need these next two weeks to kind of settle down and focus more.”

Reeves was also a member of the Morgan tennis team that won the boys and girls overall title in 2011, and she said it’d be a great feeling to do so again in her final year.

“I would love to win state again. I was on the team two years ago when we took state completely, both boys and girls, and it is a great memory of mine,” Reeves said. “To be able to do that my senior year would also be really special to me, but I just hope that we can all do our best and be satisfied with what we put out there.”

Stinson said he’s confident the Senators will return from the state tournament with plenty to smile about.

“We’re optimistic,” Stinson said. “We’re definitely coming home with some kind of trophies.”