Game, set, match: Lady Eagles dominate play at Shelby County Invite

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 4, 2006

The Oak Mountain Lady Eagles tennis team left little doubt Monday that they are a team to be reckoned with this season.

OMHS went 8-1 in the inaugural Shelby County girls&8217; tennis tournament, finishing a perfect 3-0 in doubles play and 5-1 in singles play at the Pelham Tennis Courts.

&8220;We did a great job keeping our focus over a long day,&8221; Oak Mountain head coach Toni Leo said, &8220;I feel like we&8217;re definitely in the running for a state championship after a performance like today.&8221;

The Eagles dominated the competition in doubles play, winning 36-of-47 games on their way to a sweep performance. The duo of Amy Moultrie and Alli Nolen won at the No. 1 spot (6-1, 6-2) over Pelham&8217;s Melanie Fox and Meaghan Beall.

Oak Mountain&8217;s Mallory Waites and Danielle Brown won at the No. 2 spot (6-2, 6-2) while the Lady Eagles&8217; team of Amanda Stocks and Claire Gould won the No. 3 spot by the same score.

Indian Springs&8217; Verena Knodler spoiled the Eagles&8217; bid for a clean sweep in the event as she won the singles match at the No. 1 spot against Oak Mountain&8217;s Moultrie in three sets (6-3, 6-7, 10-5).

Knodler won the match despite suffering from a shoulder injury that hampered her serve.

&8220;Going into the third set, I was kind of nervous because I really didn&8217;t have a serve,&8221; Knodler said. &8220;I&8217;m pretty glad that I could come out with a win.&8221;

The Eagles won the other five matches that were scored with ease.

Waites won over Pelham&8217;s Katlin Anchors (6-1, 6-0) at the No. 2 spot while Nollen downed Indian Springs&8217; Elaine Song at the No. 3 spot (6-0, 6-1).

Stocks defeated Pelham&8217;s Beall at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-0); Brown won won over Indian Springs&8217; Julia Gogoll (6-2, 6-2) and Syleah Allen rounded out the Eagles&8217; dominance at the No. 6 spot with a victory over Pelham&8217;s Susan Duggan (6-0,6-0).

The Lady Eagles easily took home the tournament title, with Pelham finishing second and Indian Springs taking third.

&8220;This is the most talented team I have ever had at Oak Mountain in seven years of coaching,&8221; Leo said after her Eagles won the final match of the day.

Teams from Shelby County, Montevallo and Thompson also competed in the event