Briarwood wins 5A tennis title
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Briarwood Christian School girls’ tennis team won the Class 5A state championship April 23 at Almon Tennis Center in Decatur.
Briarwood’s Ashley Ochsenhirt won the No. 1 singles state title with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Muscle Shoals’ Sydney McKinney as the No. 9 seed in the state tournament. Jud Tarence won the No. 2 singles championship with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Homewood’s Maggie Williams.
Ochsenhirt and Tarence won the No. 1 doubles state championship with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Cornelius and Bussman from Cullman.
Ashton Henderson, Ellie Tarence and Kateleigh Calloway each finished state runners-up in their brackets. Ellie Tarence and Calloway also took second in the No. 2 doubles tournament.
Olivia Odom and the pair of Henderson and Frannie Ware each advanced to the state semi-finals in the No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles brackets respectively.
Briarwood finished with a team-total of 65 points with St. Pauls taking second with a score of 50.
The Briarwood Christian boys’ tennis team finished seventh in the team standings in the boys state tournament, and won the sportsmanship award which is voted on by competing teams in the tournament.