By CAMERON NIXON
Both the Men’s and the Women’s tennis teams played their final game on April 15 against St. Catherine College and both teams won. The men won 6-3 and the women pulled off the sweep winning 9-0. Two days later, the Mid-South Conference took place where both teams fell. The women faced University of the Cumberlands in the quarterfinals while the men played against The University of Pikeville. The men’s final record is 7-14, 3-5 conference while the women’s is 14-8, 6-3 conference.
Against University of the Cumberlands, the Women’s team fell 4-5 in a tight game. Jacqueline Otis and Kaelin Roberts picked up the sole win in doubles. They won 8-0 against Erin Hart and Trinity Goodman. University of the Cumberlands won the first two games in singles until Otis won once again. UC picked up one last win to secure their victory.
The men faced University of Pikeville and lost 8-1. In doubles, the Bears won the first two games. It appeared they were going to win the next up 6-3 until Chris Bartlett and Jacob Loveland pulled off a marvelous comeback to win 9-7. That would be the only win of the day for the Tigers as Pikeville would win all of the singles matches.
On Thursday of the Mid-South Conference Champion of Character awards were given out. Chris Bartlett and Haley Hart earned the award for Men’s and Women’s tennis. Hart also was named to the first-team all-conference. Jacqueline Otis and Kelly Swanson received honorable mention for the Women’s all conference team, while Gustavo Echeverria earned honorable mention for the men. Haley Hart, Natalie Hill, Shelby Eden, Emily Krick, Ryne Least, and Chris Bartlett were all named to the All-Academic team.