BY RICK WRIGHT –
The Mena Bearcat Doubles Tennis team of sophomores Peyton Medlin and Zeb Wilson competed in the 2016 State Tennis Tournament Monday, October 17th, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.
Medlin and Wilson defeated Bishop and Rowan of Central Arkansas Christian 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the second round.
In the second round, the Bearcat duo fell 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to Clint Pigott and Seth Home of Monticello.
The two Bearcats were asked how they felt about this years tennis season.
“It was a good experience,” said Medlin. “We were sophomores going up against a bunch of seniors.”
Medlin started playing tennis last year. “It was interesting, but exciting,” said Medlin. “This year especially.”
“I’ve been playing for about three years,” said Wilson.
“We knew that they would be prepared to play in the first round,” said Medlin of Central Arkansas Christian. “I was surprised to do that well in the first round at state.”
“We gained an understanding of cooperation, knowing each other’s strength and weaknesses that should benefit us next year,” said Wilson. “Knowing when to back up your partner.”
“They had never played together until this year,” said Bearcat Head Tennis Coach Thomas Powell. “They practiced together a lot, but had never played a competitive game together. They started off, their first match of the year, against a team that made it to the semi-finals of the state tournament and almost to the finals, Subiaco. They almost beat them, so we knew we had a good pairing, a good team. All you really want to see in coaching is to see them get better. I was able to see that in those guys. They made coaching tennis a lot of fun.”