Morgan boys sweep Monroe in singles, doubles matches
Published 8:06 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Morgan Academy boys’ tennis team won in dominant fashion Tuesday over Monroe Academy at the city of Selma’s tennis courts.
Every match lasted only two sets and the majority of them ended in the lopsided score of 6-0.
Morgan tennis coach Baxter Stinson said he talks to his players before every match about getting better that day, regardless of who the opponent is.
On Tuesday, Morgan overmatched Monroe, but Stinson saw his players working on their technique and aim.
“I tell them to specifically work on serving to a specific target or returning to a particular area of the court that might be a little harder,” Stinson said. “We use every opportunity we have on the court to get better.”
Morgan’s No. 1 Will Brackin topped Monroe’s No. 1, Matt Hughes 6-0, 6-0. Morgan’s No. 2 George Jones won 6-0, 6-0 over Harvey Owens, No. 3 Mason Perkins topped Carl Carter 6-0, 6-0, No. 4 Taylor Jones won 6-0, 6-0 over Christopher Stacey and No. 5 Belal Hammad won 6-0, 6-0 over Macklin Watson. Morgan’s Byran Jones also topped Will Norris 6-0, 6-0 and Trevar Wilson knocked off Jon Byrd 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles, Brackin and George Jones topped Hughes and Owens 6-0, 6-1 and Taylor Jones and Perkins beat Carter and Stacey 6-0, 6-1.
Wilson and Cobb Beers also won a doubles match for Morgan.
Every player on both the boys and girls’ tennis teams at Morgan are undefeated on the year so far.
The boys have played three matches — Eastwood, Crenshaw and Monroe, while the girls have only played two. The Senators’ girls team will take on Monroe on Wednesday, weather permitting.
Stinson said the goal this year and every year is to win a state championship.
“We are trying to win state but in an effort to do that, I have to get them to think beyond the match next week and trying to get them to get better,” Stinson said.