Walker tennis teams take 4th at state
by Johnathan Bentley
Apr 23, 2013 | 1428 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker’s Sarah Warren plays against St. Paul’s Frances Case in the No. 6 singles title match at the Class 5A State Tennis Tournament in Decatur on Tuesday. Warren won the state title, 6-3, 6-3. Walker’s Lexi Dillard won the No. 5 singles title. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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DECATUR — Walker didn’t win any team championships at the Class 5A State Tennis Tournament in Decatur on Tuesday, but the Vikings did bring home their share of hardware.

Two Walker girls players — No. 5 Lexi Dillard and No. 6 Sarah Warren — won singles titles while the boys had a doubles team — Colby Hopper and Michael Wiginton — go the distance for the victory.

As a team, both Walker squads took fourth place.

Spanish Fort edged St. Paul’s by two points for the boys state title. Spanish Fort finished with 58 points followed by St. Paul’s (56), Russellville (38), Walker (30), Cullman (29), Muscle Shoals (21), Boaz (10), Briarwood (10), Benjamin Russell (5), Homewood (5) and Demopolis (3).

Briarwood won its first state girls championship after totalling 54 points in the two-day tournament. St. Paul’s placed second with 50 points followed by Cullman (40), Walker (28), Arab (22), Muscle Shoals (22), Homewood (20), Hartselle (12), Gulf Shores (8) and Chilton County (7).

At No. 5 singles, Lexi Dillard dropped just one set in four matches en route to the title. In the championship match, Dillard lost the first set 6-2 to Briarwood’s Kateleigh Calloway, but bounced back to win the next two sets 7-6, 6-3. Dillard won her opener over Homewood’s Hallie Tarpley 6-0, 6-1. She followed with a 6-4, 6-0 over Cullman’s Anna Trevarthen and knocked off Hartselle’s Jordan Barbrey in the semifinals.

No. 6 Sarah Warren opened the tournament with a bye and followed with three consecutive wins. She defeated Hartselle’s Ivana Ellis (6-1, 6-4), Benjamin Russell’s Aubrey Forbus (7-6, 6-2) and St. Paul’s Frances Case (6-3, 6-3) in the finals.

Jeana Burton, Walker’s No. 3 singles player, won a pair of matches before falling to Briarwood in the semifinals.

On the boys’ side, Walker’s No. 2 doubles team of Hopper and Michael Wiginton didn’t lose a set in its four state-tournament matches.

The duo knocked off St. Paul’s 6-2, 6-2 in the championship match.

They opened with a win over Homewood (6-0, 6-0) before beating Cullman (6-3, 6-4) and Russellville (6-4, 6-0).

In singles play, Joseph Harris advanced to the final at No. 3 singles before falling to Spanish Fort’s Josh Berglund 7-6, 6-2 in the championship. Harris earned three wins in the tournament, defeating Muscle Shoals’ Christian Thompson (6-2, 6-1), Cullman’s Jacob Davis (6-3, 6-3) and St. Paul’s Bailey Castle (6-4, 6-2).

Harris was the only Walker player to win a singles match at the tournament.

Walker’s boys fared better at doubles play with each team winning at least one match.

The No. 1 doubles team of Lucas McCullar and Rob Green received a bye and knocked off Homewood (6-2, 6-2) before bowing out against Spanish Fort (6-0, 6-0),

The No. 3 doubles team of Harris and Andrew Wiginton won its first two matches, topping both Boaz (6-1, 6-2) and Briarwood (6-1, 6-2) before falling to St. Pauls (6-3, 6-0) in the semifinals.