RIDGELAND — Oxford’s dominance on the tennis court continued this morning as the Chargers defeated the Stone County Tomcats 4-0 at the Ridgeland Tennis Center.
The lopsided victory earned Oxford its fourth-straight state championship and second in Class 5A.
Ann Marie Edlin defeated Beth Owen 6-3, 6-0 in the girl’s singles match. The duo of Robert Nance and Andrew Mullen claimed the No. 2 boy’s doubles point by knocking off Nick Georgian and Nick Breland 6-2, 6-2.
The mixed doubles tandem of Baxter Elliott and Erin Dyer made quick work of Caleb Amaker and April Kennedy, earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory, and the duo of Mary Bryan Barksdale and Sterling Davis defeated Tori Rose and Lexie Johnson in the No. 1 girl’s doubles match to clinch the victory.
“This was awesome. It means a lot to me because of the seniors graduating,” Oxford coach Louis Nash said. “When you have four that have been a part of the program for six years they have obviously taken the oprogram to a new place.
“I’m happy for them and that they played so well today.”
After claiming three previous titles, today’s may mean the most to Nash because of how his team came together.
“I’m as pleased with this group as any of them,” Nash said. “A lot of folks didn’t think we might have enough after graduating six kids last year. This bunch does what you ask them to do and we had a lot of kids contribute and do their part.
“That means a lot.”
The remaining three matches had not concluded as of press time. (May 9, 2011, Page 1B)