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Austin High's Meleana McCutcheon won two matches in the Class 6A tennis tournament in Mobile.
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Austin High's Meleana McCutcheon won two matches in the Class 6A tennis tournament in Mobile.

Austin High's McCutcheon, Worley out of state tennis

By Dennis Victory
sports@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

MOBILE — When Meleana McCutcheon was informed of her opening-round opponent at the Class 6A tennis state championship tournament at the Mobile Tennis Center, the Austin eighth-grader couldn't suppress her joy.

Murphy's Teisha Mixon ended McCutcheon's trip to the state tournament last year, downing the Austin teenager in the second round. McCutcheon avenged the loss with a 7-5, 6-2 victory in No. 1 singles then won again before falling to McGill-Toolen's Morgan Carney in the in the quarterfinals.

"I was coming back for my revenge," said the 14-year-old McCutcheon of her match with Mixon. "This year I have more power and consistency, and my serves are doing better, too."

McCutcheon was the only Austin High girl in Mobile, while Austin's Alex Worley also qualified by winning boys No. 1 singles at the section tournament. Worley fell in the quarterfinal round to Grissom's Connor Rives.

Mountain Brook's boys are tied with Grissom going into Thursday's final two rounds in both singles and doubles. Spain Park follows with 35 points.

On the girls' side, seven-time defending champion Mountain Brook is tied with Vestavia Hills for first place with 45 points, while Florence is third with 33.

McCutcheon was diagnosed with strep throat and a sinus infection early in the week, but she easily dispatched Enterprise's Emily Galloway 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.

She posted a 6-3 win in the first set of her quarterfinal against Carney, but lost the last two sets 6-0, 6-4.

It was McCutcheon's first loss since the season-opening match.

On the boys side, Worley downed Rives at the section meet, but a grueling first-round 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) win over Northridge's Manoj Jagani in the Mobile heat left Worley feeling drained.

He got a break when rain delayed the tournament more than an hour and had an easier match against Enterprise's Adam Hottell, winning 6-1,
6-2.

He faltered early against Rives, losing 6-1, 6-1, but enjoyed his first trip to the tournament.

"It was a good experience," said the sophomore. "I got to see some good tennis even when I wasn't playing."

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