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BLOG: Oxford wins seventh straight state tennis title

RIDGELAND — Oxford’s domination of tennis within the state continued Wednesday afternoon.

The Chargers (21-0) capped back-to-back perfect seasons with a 6-1 win over Stone County at the Ridgeland Tennis Center to capture their seventh straight Class 5A state championship. Oxford beat the Tomcats in the finals for the fourth consecutive season.

“It really doesn’t matter who it is. It just happens to be them,” Oxford coach Louis Nash said. “To their credit, they’ve been here four straight times. The only reason they got beat four straight times is because they were here four straight times.”

This one was just as satisfying.

“I just started crying,” said senior Kara Rose, who teamed with Callan Shinall to defeat Caleb Amacker and Beth Owen 6-1, 7-6 in mixed doubles. “I’ve always got a good feeling that we’re going to win. We go into it confident with our heads up. I love my team.”

The closest victory came in No. 2 girls doubles, where Abbie Vaughn and Lillian Williams were pushed to three sets before notching a 6-4, 4-6 (10-5) win over Lexi Johnson and Kaitlyn Breland. Oxford coasted in the rest of its wins.

Quinn Elliott beat Kolby Krohn 6-1, 6-2 to take boys singles while Grace Anne Jones won her girls singles match over RiAnne Taylor by a score of 6-1, 6-0. Cole Atkins and Will Swindoll knocked off Noah Rowell and Trey Wegner 6-4, 6-4 in No. 1 boys doubles while Sarah Nash and McClellan Davis topped Hannah Wegner and Traci Monroe 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 girls doubles.

Oxford’s lone loss came in No. 2 boys doubles, where Max Mauney and Gus Morgan forced three sets against Reid Cudd and Henry Stonnington before falling 6-2, 3-6 (11-9).

“The pressure to be good, they put that on themselves,” Nash said of his latest championship squad. “They want to win themselves. We’ve got kids that don’t like losing in practice, much less when it comes match time. To me, that’s key.”

See Thursday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from today’s match.

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