NEW ALBANY – Tupelo freshman Anna Calhoun was glad she didn’t know the ramifications of her singles match Tuesday against another rookie, New Albany’s Morris Kelly Clayton.
Calhoun won the match 6-3, 7-5 when a return shot by Clayton landed just a tad outside the baseline. Her victory gave the Class 6A Golden Wave the team win, 4-3, against the 4A Bulldogs.
“I didn’t realize that,” the ninth grader said after she walked off the blue court at the BNA Bank Tennis Complex. “I’m glad I didn’t know. I don’t handle pressure well.”
Tupelo first-year coach Morgan Baldwin was glad Calhoun didn’t know anything. “She did great,” he said, then smiled. “Everything was close today. Those were good matches.”
Tupelo (4-2) swept in boys doubles with its No. 1 team of Mitch Ostrander and Andrew Hildenbrand beating Trace Thompson and Chris Shands 6-0, 6-0, and its No. 2 team of Hogan Harrington and Eric Huey defeating Michael Crotts and Parker Nail 6-2, 6-4.
Ostrander and Hildenbrand are 20-0 as doubles partners the last two seasons (4-0 this year). They beat Harrington and Huey in last year’s all-Wave state finals.
The Golden Wave’s fourth court to win was No. 2 girls doubles. Briley Kate Chrisman and Aryelle Waters beat Maggie Creekmore and Laura Creekmore 6-3, 6-3.
New Albany won boys singles with Grayson Godbold defeating Will Brawner 6-3, 6-1. Lady Bulldogs Katie Davis and Meghan Van beat Megan Ware and Mollie Bradford 6-4, 6-1. In mixed doubles New Albany’s Martha Vance Alef and Roberto Valadez defeated Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth and Zak Keith 6-2, 6-4.
“I was pleased that we were able to play a strong 6A team. We had an opportunity to win,” New Albany first-year coach Suzy Bowman said. “We had a lot of youth on the court.”
New Albany lost four seniors off last season’s 4A state championship team. The Bulldogs have won three straight team titles and four of the last five.
Tupelo, which won 5A state titles in 2007-09, lost to Madison Central in last year’s North finals.