Polk tennis in conference chase after topping E. Henderson

Published 10:01 pm Thursday, September 19, 2013

With a 6-3 win Tuesday, Sept. 17 over East Henderson on the Wolverines’ newly-renovated courts, Polk County’s tennis team traveled to Hendersonville yesterday, to play their only real rival for a conference championship.

On Tuesday, singles victories by five of their six players, offset two losses in three doubles matches.

Coach Richard Davis No. 1 player, Alivia Livesay, gained momentum in a 10-5 win. Jamie Greene added a 10-6 win in the number two slot, while number three Ali Halbkat also won, 10-6. Davis’ fourth player, MacKenzie McCool crushed her opponent, 10-2. At number five, Kim Russell lost, 10-8, but Adrianna Tally picked her up with a business-like 10-0 win.

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Doubles competition could have been better for the Wolverines.

The duo of Livesay and Greene fell, 8-2, playing with what Davis labeled “lack of focus” after playing so well in their respective singles matches.

Halbkat and McCool combined for an 8-2 win, but the combination of Shyanne Dennison and Makenna Devere lost, 8-6.

Davis noted that Hendersonville has been the conference champion, and might continue as such, but didn’t give up on his players before yesterday’s match.

He said that if the Wolverines won, or the match was close, they might be able to overtake the Hendersonville team, which visits Polk on Oct. 8, in the regular-season finale.