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Albritton helps SHS against East Webster

March 7, 2012

MABEN – Ashley Albritton did not get to play soccer for Starkville High School this season due to a knee injury, but she is making up for it with tennis.

The Yellowjackets beat the East Webster Wolverines 5-2 Tuesday on the newly built Wolverine courts.
Albritton and Christine Mazzola beat Holly Ellis and Taylor Davis 6-1, 6-3 in girls' double action.

"Me and Christine (have) played soccer together for all our lives," Albritton said. "We understand each other on the court and we know what each other can and can't do. That helps us."

SHS head coach Rob Fyke has complete confidence in the two and doesn't worry when their match is going on.

"I didn't even go over there and talk to them because I had complete confidence in the fact that together they were going to pull it out and they did," Fyke said.

For Albritton, it is her senior year so she is glad she gets to go out with at least one sport on her resume.

"It's pretty exciting," Albritton said. "Getting on the court is exciting and being able to actually do something. It's my last year so I have to give my all, all the time."

Starkville's Emily Turner blanked East Webster's Abbie Vaughn 6-0, 6-0 in girls' singles play. SHS's Dasha Bondarenko and Mikala Taylor beat East Webster's Molly Davis and Mika Davis 7-6 with a 7-4 tiebreak and a 6-3 final set in the other girls' doubles match.

"All I am worried about with these first few matches is we learn how to play and get better," Fyke said. "I am pleased with the fact (with) this match we improved from the first."

The mixed doubles match went to Starkville as Brian Xu and Hannah Laird beat Haydon Hill and Taylor Davis 8-1 in a pro set.

Lewis Maynard finished strong for the Jackets as he beat Clayton Hudspeth 6-2, 6-1 in the only boys' single match.

The Wolverines did get two decisions late as they won both boys' doubles matches. Matthew Gordon and Alex Vaughn beat Nick Elder and Richard Hill 8-7 with a 7-3 tie break in a pro set.

Samuel Butler and John-Taylor Champion beat Will Irvin and Ethan Musser 8-6 in a pro set in the other boys' doubles match.

"Both boys doubles came out with a win," East Webster head coach Pam Champion said. "They started out fighting and they fought to the end."

For the Wolverines, it was their first match of the season. Champion was pleased with the overall effort of her squad.

"I thought it went very well," Champion said. "This (was) our first match and we started off with a (5A) school, a big powerhouse team. They are always very competitive. I thought our kids hung in well."

The Yellowjackets improved to 2-0 and will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Columbus to take on the Mississippi School for Math and Science at 4 p.m.

The Wolverines host another home match Thursday when Noxubee County comes calling at 4 p.m.

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