The young Commodores, who only lose one senior, finished the year 7-6 overall.
A deep roster is something Lafayette tennis coach Debbie Swindoll will help make a difference for her younger group of players in 2013. A year after the most successful seasons in LHS tennis history, the Commodores are more youthful, Swindoll said. Gone are four individual state champions and standouts such as Mallory Davis and Barron Pruitt, the mixed doubles team that won the 4A individual state championship last year. (more…) (February 22, 2013, Page 7A)
CLINTON — For anybody who may have ever wondered if Oxford tennis coach Louis Nash could fly the answer is yes. Moments after the Oxford Chargers wrapped up their fifth straight MHSAA tennis championship at Brighton Park, Nash leapt into the air and straight into the arms of senior mixed doubles player Judson Watson, who joined with teammate Cari Hansen to defeat Stone County’s Josh Johnson and Beth Owen 3-6, 6-4 (10-5) in the deciding match of the day. (May 10, 2012, Page 6)
RIDGELAND — Lafayette tennis coach Debbie Swindoll was all smiles right up until the ice-cold water from a cooler hit the top of her head and back at the Ridgeland Tennis Center Tuesday afternoon. (more…) (May 9, 2012, Page 6)
Lafayette’s tennis season came to an end Friday in the MHSAA Class 4A North Half title match. New Albany beat Lafayette 6-1, but three matches were decided in tiebreakers. (more…) (May 7, 2012, Page 8)
COLUMN: Lafayette tennis coach Debbie Swindoll is on a mission to change and educate all at the same time. Swindoll, who is in her second year leading the Commodores, is ready to see the MHSAA change the way the team tennis playoffs are decided. (more…) (April 26, 2012, Page 6)
Consistency and the ability to play both singles and doubles has earned Lafayette’s Mallory Davis a scholarship offer from Meridian Community College. Davis made her commitment to coach Wanda McPhail binding Monday when she signed her Letter of Intent to play for the Eagles.
McPhail, who has guided MCC women’s team to eight Region 23 titles since 2003, said Davis was the only women’s player she has offered and subsequently signed this year. (April 17, 2012, Page 6)
Avent’s Park was surrounded by spectators Thursday afternoon as Lafayette and Oxford closed out their regular seasons with the annual tennis meeting between the two schools.
With both squads already a part of the Class 4A (LHS) and 5A (OHS) playoffs, Thursday’s match was about different things for each coach.
The Chargers defeated the Commodores 5-2 but the two wins were a marked improvement for Debbie Swindoll’s Commodores, who lost 7-0 to OHS last year.
Apart from the two wins, the No. 1 boys doubles match had to be decided with a tiebreaker, while two other doubles matches were also competitive. (April 13, 2012, Page 7A)
Editor Don Whitten wonders if there’s a new era of cooperation between local entities in the city, county and university coming on with talk of expansion of tennis courts in Oxford. (February 3, 2012, Page 4A)