The Commodores narrowly missed out winning in boys doubles and mixed doubles Thursday in their tennis match with Pontotoc. The setbacks ended up resulting into a 5-2 win for Pontotoc. Mallory Davis earned one of the two points for LHS in the match as she defeated Lauren Clayton 6-1, 6-1 in singles action. The other win for the Commodores came at No. 2 boys doubles as Hunter Knight and Jacob Roberts topped Jacob Hatcher and Jacob Ferguson 6-1, 7-5. (more…) (March 4, 2011, Page 8A)
Led by a strong showing in doubles, the Lafayette Commodores tennis team started the 2011 season under the direction of first-year coach Debbie Swindoll with an impressive 6-1 win over Lewisburg. (more…) (March 2, 2011, Page 7)
Lafayette’s success on the tennis courts should continue to grow this season thanks to the hiring of veteran instructor and coach Debbie Swindoll. The former standout at Mississippi State has the Commodores pointed in the right direction again this year and looking forward to another impressive run in the Class 4A playoffs. (more…) (February 24, 2011, Page 7)
Tennis players of all ages flooded the steps of the Lafayette County Chancery Building Wednesday afternoon in the form of a peaceful rally to help raise awareness regarding the possibility of expanding the John Leslie Tennis Courts.
The project, which has already been approved by the city, would expand the current facility from eight to 21 courts. The renovation would also include the addition of a pavilion, practice courts, a championship court, new bathroom facilities, additional parking and possibly a pro shop, making it the largest public facility in the state.
While the city has already signed off on the expansion, it’s now the county’s supervisors which must vote to approve the expansion on Sept. 7.
Led by new Lafayette High coach Debbie Swindoll and Oxford coach Louis Nash, the players were armed with signs saying things such as “we need more courts,” “Got Tennis?” and “kids love to play tennis.” (August 26, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette Athletics Director Jeff Nelson knew his new tennis coach, Debbie Swindoll, was a special athlete and intense competitor when he first came in contact with her at a middle school basketball tournament in Pope.
As Nelson prepared to help lead Lafayette’s middle school team to a victory, he saw Swindoll show her skills as a member of Winona’s team and he marveled at how hard Swindoll played the game. It was that drive to be the best coupled with an extensive knowledge in tennis that separated Swindoll from the rest of potential candidates in his search to replace former coach Marty Pearson. It’s also why he was so pleased that his recommendation to hire Swindoll was approved by the Lafayette School Board Tuesday night. (July 7, 2010, Page 6)
Oxford has been a town known for a lot of different things over the years. It’s a football town in the fall, a baseball town in the spring and a very slow town in the middle of the summer. But one thing that Oxford is throughout the year is a tennis town. (June 25, 2010, Page 7A)
Lafayette’s tennis season came to an unfortunate end Thursday as the Commodores lost 5-2 to New Albany in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. LHS ends the year at 10-4. (April 30, 2010, Page 8A)
Lafayette’s first-round matchup with Greenwood in the Class 4A tennis playoffs went as expected as the Commodores defeated the Bulldogs 6-1 Thursday at the courts behind Oxford-University Stadium. The win improved the Commodores to 10-3 overall and to advance them into a second round matchup with New Albany next week. (April 23, 2010, Page 8A)