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Mary Persons freshman Becky Kenirey suffered her first individual loss of the 2019 season in the Lady Dogs’ 0-4 defeat at Columbus in the second round of the AAAA state playoffs. Led by Kenirey, the Lady Dogs reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. (Photo/Richard Dumas)

The Mary Persons boys tennis team saw its season come to an end on Monday with an 0-4 road loss at Columbus in the second round of the AAAA state playoffs.

The Bulldogs finished the season with a 12-5 final record (5-2 in Region 2-AAAA), reaching the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.

MP’s No. 1 singles player Micah Wilson fell 3-6, 0-6 to the Blue Devils’ Harrison Brown while MP’s No. 2 singles standout Preston Wilson dropped his match 1-6, 1-6 to William Holden. MP also was beaten in straight sets in both doubles matches with the Dogs’ No. 1 tandem of Tucker Melton and Brandon Carter falling 1-6, 2-6 to Raymond Peebles and Julian Watts while MP’s No. 2 pairing of Jimbo Finch and Carter Justice failed to win a game in a 0-6, 0-6 defeat to Columbus’ Tyler Hanson and Akash Shan. In No. 3 singles, MP’s Caleb Wilson was engaged in a tight match with Columbus’ Carson Johnson with Wilson trailing 2-6, 5-4 in the second set when the match was halted because the Blue Devils had clinched.

Six days earlier, the Bulldogs advanced to the second round with a 3-0 home victory over Thomson in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs on Tuesday, April 16.

Micah Wilson defeated Thomson’s Roberto Pena in straight sets 6-2, 6-0 while Preston Wilson also prevailed in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 over Ritza Patel. The Bulldogs recorded their other match victory in No. 1 doubles where Melton and Carter beat Daniel Evans and Travion Kendrick 6-1, 6-2. MP’s No. 3 singles player Caleb Wilson dominated Ben Howell 8-0 in a match shortened because MP had already clinched victory while MP’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Finch and Justice outdueled Ryker Krome and Guillermo Escalante 8-6 in a similarly-shortened match.

Meanwhile, the Mary Persons girls tennis team also closed out its season on Monday with an 0-4 road loss at Columbus in the second round of the AAAA state playoffs.

The Lady Dogs matched the MP boys squad with a 12-5 final record (5-2 in Region 2-AAAA), reaching the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.

MP’s No. 1 singles star Becky Kenirey suffered her first individual loss of the season as she was beaten soundly 1-6, 1-6 by Columbus’ Mary Weston Courville. In No. 2 singles, MP’s Jackie Gore fell 1-6, 0-6 to Sydney McRae while MP’s Reagan Dorrity did not complete her No. 3 singles match against the Lady Blue Devils’ Joy Mobley because Columbus had already clinched victory.

The Lady Dogs were also soundly defeated in both doubles matches with MP’s No. 1 tandem of Emma Cantrell and Josey Allen losing 2-6, 0-6 to Sharry Aschenbach and Kindra Woodmen and MP’s No. 2 pairing of Karsin Bass and Anna Starr falling 1-6, 2-6 to Kelsey Haman and Lexi Grier.

Six days earlier, the Lady Dogs advanced to the second round with a 5-0 home sweep over Thomson in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs on Tuesday, April 16.

Kenirey double-bageled Hannah Reeves 6-0, 6-0 while Dorrity accomplished the same feat in a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Mattie Lewis. Meanwhile, Gore yielded just a single game in a 6-0, 6-1 hammering of Emily Wells.

The doubles matches were just as one-sided as Cantrell and Allen prevailed 6-0, 6-2 over LaBranda Mobley and Patience Hadden while Bass and Starr won in convincing fashion 6-0, 6-1 over Anna Bryant and Sharkiayia Fuller.

MP head coach Hannah Grossman said despite the season-ending defeat, she was “very pleased” with how MP’s boys and girls seasons turned out.

“I am very lucky and fortunate to coach such a great group of student-athletes,” Grossman said. “They are great players on and off the court. We have so much personality on the team that there is never a dull moment. Every single one of the players brings an asset to the team. They listened and implemented what we worked on to improve and got better and better. . . Region runner-up and making the Sweet 16 is a huge accomplishment.”