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Kossuth serves up first-round winner
by H. Lee Smith II
Apr 16, 2014 | 311 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First it rained.

Then Kossuth High School reigned.

Kossuth claimed five of seven matches on Tuesday, dispatching of North Pontotoc in the opening round of the Class 3A Team Tennis Tournament.

The opening-round bout at Crossroads Regional Park was originally set for Monday, but was postponed due to rain.

The Division 1-3A champions will face Cleveland East Side on Saturday in the quarterfinal round. The Division 3-3A champions eliminated Division 4-3A runner-up Mississippi School of Math and Science in their opening-round bout.

Kossuth won two of the three matches that went to a third set super tiebreaker. North Pontotoc blanked the Aggies in Boys No. 1 Doubles and claimed their third-set tiebreaker in boys singles.

The local club got straight set victories in Girls No. 1 Doubles, with Rachel Winters and Taylor Heavener winning all 12 games, and in mixed doubles.

Kossuth’s other win came via forfeit in girls singles.

• The Division 1-3A Mixed Doubles championship was also completed with Alcorn Central’s Tayton Smith and Meredith Murphy downing Zak Harbin and Olivia Cooley.

Both teams had already earned berths in the Class 3A State Tournament by reaching the championship round. The match was supposed to be played last Tuesday at Itawamba Community College, but it could not be completed due to rain.

Kossuth 5, North Pontotoc 2

Boys Singles: (NP) Patrick Haulcomb def. (K) Zach Shawl 1-6, 6-2, 12-10

Girls Singles: (K) Beth Ann Frazier won by forfeit

Boys No. 1 Doubles: (NP) John Phillips/Bailey Lorick def. (K) Emmauel Longoria/Zaen Harbin 6-0, 6-0

Boys No. 2 Doubles: (K) Chandler Jones/Cody Bryan def. (NP) Matt Russell/Michael Nanney 6-4, 4-6, 10-8

Girls No. 1 Doubles: (K) Rachel Winters/Taylor Heavener def. (NP) Laken Jones/Constance Gapp 6-0, 6-0

Girls No. 2 Doubles: (K) Marlee Sue Bradley/Brittney Rencher def. (NP) Sloan Horton/Cammy Roberts 3-6, 6-4, 10-8

Mixed Doubles: (K) Olivia Cooley/Zak Harbin def. (NP) Drew Warren/Jordan Curtis 6-3, 6-1
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