Conway Christian surges to boys and girls district tennis titles

 

FAIRFIELD BAY — Conway Christian won both the boys and girls 2A-1 tennis titles Monday at Fairfield Bay.

Junior David Belvardi, the No. 2 seed, defeated Andrew Croft of Greers Ferry and Josh Wood from Shirley, before meeting his CCS teammate, Winston Strawn, in the finals. Strawn, the top seed, had defeated Brayden Prater of Shirley and Chad Boyd of Maumelle Charter. David Belvardi won the all-CCS championship match, 6-2, 7-5.

Senior Macey Vaught and freshman McKenna Vaught teamed up to grab the district championship in girls doubles. Vaught and Vaught, the No. 1 seeded team, defeated two teams from Shirley and a team from Greers Ferry, each at 6-0, 6-0, to claim the championship without losing a single game.

CCS sophomore Katherine Huff was named district runner-up in girls’ singles. Huff, the number one seed, marched through the bracket, defeating In In boys doubles CCS’ senior Zach Ward and freshman Jake DeBusk, 2 seed, defeated a team from Maumelle Charter before being knocked out in the semis by the eventual runners-up from Shirley. The fourth-eeded team of sophomore William Ivy and freshman Canyon Jenkins defeated a team from Shirley before being put out of the main draw by the eventual champions Carlton/Schmidt from Greers Ferry. That set up a CCS duel for third and the chance to move on to state. Ward/DeBusk prevailed in three sets.

Junior Caroline Henley, the third seed, won her first match smoothly to make it into the semifinals. There. she was knocked out by the eventual champion from Maumelle Charter. Henley ended up fourth in the girls singles division.

Junior Allyson Oliver and sophomore Abby Austin, the No. 3 seeds, lost to Cothren/Southerland of Greers Ferry 6-4, 6-7, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

Macey and McKenna Vaught, Huff, Belvardi, Strawn, Ward, and DeBusk qualified for the state tournament at El Dorado Oct. 17-18.

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