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Decatur High junior Chris Harlow hits a forehand return in the No. 1 doubles match against Madison County at Point Mallard on Thursday. Harlow and teammate Christopher Fite fell in a tiebreaker to the team of Trent Kilpatrick and Lucas Adair.
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Decatur High junior Chris Harlow hits a forehand return in the No. 1 doubles match against Madison County at Point Mallard on Thursday. Harlow and teammate Christopher Fite fell in a tiebreaker to the team of Trent Kilpatrick and Lucas Adair.

DHS tennis sweeps Madison County

By Michael Wetzel
mwetzel@decaturdaily.com · 340-2462

Decatur High tennis coaches Mark Christopher and Morgan Coulter liked what they saw on the courts Thursday afternoon.

No, it wasn't just the sunshine and blue skies that have been absent from the matches most of the season. It was strong play from their players.

The Decatur boys defeated Madison County 6-3 while the girls had no trouble winning 9-0 against the Lady Tigers at the Jimmy Johns Tennis Complex at Point Mallard Park.

The Decatur boys got wins out of their No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles and No. 2 and 3 doubles.

"I'm extremely proud of the way the team as a whole played today, especially the four, five and six guys," Christopher said. "They have been consistently scoring for us all season.

With their squads playing well, Christopher and Coulter have next week's sectionals on their minds.

"We're 100 percent focused on getting to state," Coulter said. "We have to have a top 2 finish at sectionals. We've got a great draw and if everyone plays solidly, we should make it."

The girls Class 5A sectionals are in Muscle Shoals beginning Wednesday.

Coulter said her No. 1 and No. 3 doubles are undefeated on the year and the No. 3 and 5 singles should be No. 1 seeds at the sectionals. Decatur’s girls are 10-2 on the year.

For the boys, sectionals begin 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Russellville. Christopher admits the path to state won’t be as easy.

“Russellville is in the driver’s seat,” he said. “They’re extremely strong from top to bottom, and they’re deep in talent. We’ve got to at least get that No. 2 spot to make it to state.”

As for Thursday’s play, Christopher said he was proud of the play of No. 4 singles Jonathan Rogers, a sophomore.

“Jonathan was down 1-4 and we had a little between games,” Christopher said.

“He showed a lot of composure. He calmed down, won the next five games to win the match.”

Rogers defeated Jake Wood 6-3, 6-4 for the match.

Others scores for Decatur boys were:

Singles

No. 1 senior Christopher Fite lost to Trent Kilpatrick 2-6, 0-6.

No. 2 junior Chris Harlow lost to Lucas Adair 4-6, 0-6.

No. 3 senior Will Breland defeated Landon Traller 6-2, 6-1.

No. 5 sophomore Graham Powell defeated Cody Guthard 6-2, 6-0.

No. 6 senior Blake Garrett beat Dustin Guthard 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles

No. 1Fite-Harlow lost to Kilpatrick-Adair 10-10 (5-7).

No. 2 Breland-Rogers beat Traller-Wood 10-4.

No. 3 Powell-Garrett beat Guthard-Guthard 10-1.

For the Lady Red Raiders:

Singles

No. 1 Angee Stevens defeated Kaitlan Bell 6-3, 6-0.

No. 2 Sarah Hodges beat Jessica Currington 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3 Mary Virginia Sherrill beat Casey Willis 6-0, 6-2.

No. 4 Emily Suggs defeated Angie Filyan 6-0, 6-0.

No. 5 Sarah Suggs blanked Amanda Monell 6-0, 6-0.

No. 6 Burgoyne Fite defeated Anne Carruth 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles

No. 1 Stevens-Hodges defeated Bell-Currington 10-0.

No. 2 Sherrill-E. Suggs defeated Willis-Carruth 10-0.

No. 3 S. Suggs-Fite defeated Filyan-Monell 10-0.

Both Decatur High teams host Athens at Point Mallard on Monday. The action begins at 4 p.m.

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