By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The last two seasons Munford Head Tennis Coach Barry Bargery has finished his season at the State Tournament in Murfreesboro.
And Bargery said if all things go accoring to plans he should be back to Middle Tennessee watching senior Taylor Patterson competing in her third straight State Girls Class 3A Singles Tournament. But the veteran coach hopes to also be working the Doubles Tournament as well in 2013 for senior Madison Willis.
“My expectations for them are the same expectations they have for themselves, Taylor won’t be happy unless she goes to State,” Bargery said. “And Madison’s goal is to go to State. She’s barely missed it the last couple of years.”
Last season Willis came one match away from reaching the Singles Tournament. Standing in her way was her teammate Patterson. In a thrilling match in Memphis, Patterson captured the Region title and advanced.
“We’re going to find (Madison) a doubles partner,” Bargery said. “There going to be playing doubles mostly. When I need a doubles match to win at a meet, then I’ll put Taylor and Madison back together.”
Madison has reached State in her high school career in golf. Now the girl known as The Hammer is ready to nail a spot in the final tournament of the year in tennis. Four other Lady Cougars compose the 2013 team and one will emerge as Willis’ partner making a run for State.
“We can’t dismiss Amber Carlin,” Bargery said. “She’s played for me for two years. She’s going to hold that third spot for us as she did last year. She’s a leader too.
“We have sophomore Abigial Bell,” he added. “She’ll probably be our No. 5. Then Maelin Harris is a veteran. She held down the No. 5 spot for us last year. She is also self-motivated taking lessons. She’s moving up to our No. 4 spot.”
The player setting the example of improving your game and working hard to reach your goals has been Patterson.
“Taylor is self-motivated,” Bargery said. “She goes to practice in Memphis two or three times a week. She’s trying to earn a schoarship. Bethel is looking at her. She wants to be the best.”
Patterson’s best has helped the Lady Cougars win three District 13-3A and Region 7-3A titles in a row. The Munford girls have been in three straight Sub-State rounds.
Bargery said his boys’ program might be taking its first steps toward championships with six players on the roster.
“The boys’ numbers are up and I have Weston Orman,” he said. “He’s a senior and this will be his fourth year. I have two upcoming freshmen in Chase Castellaw and Tyler Keene. They look good in practice. Then I’ve got two seniors playing for me in Matt Owens and Michael Pugh. Then I’ve got sophomore Zach Rogers who is showing some promise.”
While the Cougars develop young talent, Bargery said the Lady Cougars will take the court ready to hold off teams like Hardin County and Brighton in the district trying to retain the title.
“We can definitely make it four in a row,” he concluded. “But we are not as deep as we were in the past. So it’s a matter of finding the right combinations and not having to rely on as they call in basketball, the bench.”