By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The impressive run of Munford Tennis has continued this season with the Lady Cougars undefeated entering the week of April 22.
Before welcoming the Jackson North Side Lady Indians to town, the Munford girls’ team was unbeaten in 2013 trying to win its fourth District 13-3A title in a row. Since 2010, the Lady Cougars led by senior Taylor Patterson and Madison Willis have also won multiple Region 7-3A championship.
Munford Head Coach Barry Bargery expects more hardware for his Lady Cougars this May and possibly some success from his Cougars.
“The boys are 2-6 and had some good matches,” he said. “The girls had their toughest match against Halls the other day and won 5-2. One doubles loss and our No. 5 girls lost. Halls has some real good players.”
The Cougars have taken on good players and established programs this season. Bargery’s boys are in a rebuilding phase led by seniors Michael Pugh and Matt Owen.
The Cougars picked up their third win of the season with a 7-0 victory over JNS. In singles Munford players Chase Castellaw, Weston Orman, Tyler Keene, Zach Rogers and Pugh picked up wins. In doubles action Pugh and Owen defeated the Indian duo of Citrol Campell and Calvin Burtyn 8-3. And Castellaw and Orman won 8-2 in their doubles match.
The Lady Cougars improved to 9-0 with their win over JNS. The four Lady Cougars to hit the court didn’t even lose a set lead by Patterson and Willis defeating Lady Indians Shelby and Haleigh Hurt respectively.
Amber Carlin and Maelin Harris won 8-0 over Julie Hill and Moesha Tharpe. Abigail Bell picked up a team point for Munford via forfeit.
In doubles action Breanna Carson and Bell defeated the duo of Hill and Tharpe. And Munford’s top doubles team Willis and Carlin won 8-0.
Bargery said the impressive performance of Willis and Carlin is a good indicator that multiple Lady Cougars might head to Murfreesboro in late May.
“They’re on pace to repeat,” Bargery said of the Lady Cougars. “We beat Brighton and Brighton lost to Hardin County 4-3. So the prospects are still good. But we’ll have to see Hardin County.
“Taylor is looking great and she’ll likely repeat and go to State,” he added. “Madison we found a partner for her with Amber. They’re gelling and they lost the other day to a really good girls’ team. It’s not like they didn’t play their best. They still have a little bit more gelling.”
Patterson had reached State twice in singles play. The senior No. 1 has worked on her skills and hit the weight room improving her leg strength and upper body for more endurance on the court.
Willis and Curlin are building cohesion in doubles. Willis, who possesses No. 1 skills, has improved her serving game this season. Curlin is an athletic compliment to Willis on the court.
As the regular season nears an end, Bargery said he hopes all the pieces fall into place for his teams.
“For the boys I’m hoping in the districts we can at least be runner up or champions,” he concluded. “That is really possible. The girls, I would be really disappointed if we don’t repeat. A month from now, I’m really hoping to have Taylor back at State and my No. 1 doubles in State. I’ve got another girl who can take it down to the wire. Harris plays well enough to give somebody a good game.”
Munford vs. Arlington
Arlington 6 Munford 1
Bailey Robertson A def Chases Castellaw 9-7
Ben Hen Harville A def Weston Orman 8-3
Tyler Keene M def Nick buford 8-3
Smit Patel A def Michael Pugh 8-6
Uy Nguyen A def Matt Owens 8-0
Robertson/Buford A def Castellaw/Orman 8-5
Harville/Patel A def Pugh/Owens 8-3
Records Munford 3-10
Munford 6 Arlington 0
Taylor Patterson M def Megan Wander 9-8 (7-4)
Madison Wills M def Hannah Hunt 9-7
Amber Carlin M def Haley Morris 8-3
Maelin Harris M def Megan Pham 8-1
Abigail Bell M def Jessica Smith 9-7
Willis/Carlin M def Morris/Pham
Records Munford 13-0