EPC takes 3AAA-South tennis crown
EPC continued its dominance of the 3AAA-South District tennis title Monday, by sweeping both the boys and girls division of the tournament. Under Head Coach Tommy Ford, EPC won the boys doubles and girls doubles title, with their number one doubles teams picking up the titles. The boys team were led by doubles champions Chris Thomas and Colby Turner. Thomas and Turner battled back from an insurmountable deficit in the semifinals against the team of Brad Jackson and Kyle Wigginton of Harrisburg before winning 6-0, 2-6, 7-6. In other boys action, Adam Robertson of EPC finished in second place in boys singles, losing to Phillip Rampey of Valley View 6-2, 6-3. Also, the doubles team of Daniel Collins and P.J. Lacy finished in third place, defeating Jackson and Wigginton 6-0, 6-1.
As for the girls team, the young team, led by senior Devin Howington brought home the girls title. Howington and sophomore Jessica Ruiz defeated the team of Megan McWayne and Kelly Adams of Trumann 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3. Also, the girls doubles team of Heather Benton and Holly Hinton finished in third place, defeating Rochelle Drum and Lauren Parks of Harrisburg 4-6, 6-3 and 6-4.
EPC also took the points title in both divisions, with the boys team picking up 11 points and the girls team picked up eight points. Valley View picked up second place in both divisions, while Harrisburg and Trumann swapped positions in third and fourth place in both boys and girls action.
For his success in leading EPC, Head Coach Tommy Ford was selected as the Coach of the Year in both the boys and girls divisions. The wins in the tournament gives EPC an undefeated record in both boys and girls play, with the boys 11-0 and the girls 10-0. The boys team has won five of the last six conference tournaments and the program has seen success for the last ten years, with several state titles or runners-up trophies under their belt.
First and second place finishers automatically qualify for the state tournament in Pine Bluff, while the third place teams wait for the selection committee results to see if they are state bound.