Hurricanes show toughness at Greene Fling Tennis Tournament | Sports

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Morristown East tennis did well at the annual Greeneville Federal Bank Greene Fling Tennis Tournament this past weekend. The tournament, hosted by Greeneville Parks and Recreation, drew top players from northeast Tennessee. Schools that sent players included Morristown East, Morristown West, Greeneville, Seymour, Sevier County, Elizabethton, Unicoi County, Jefferson County and many more. Two different locations, Tusculum University and the Greene County Tennis Center, served as the host sites for the tournament.

On the boys’ side, senior Brady Gray won the Hurricanes championship. Playing in Vol. 4, Gray beat West Ridge’s Camron Easler in the first round to draw Mason Flaglor in the second. Trailing 4-5, Gray broke Flaglor’s serve and never looked back. He won the match and earned a place in the final against Brady Weems of Unicoi County. Gray captured the championship in dominating style winning 8-4. Both Parker Spoone and Jay Harrison had impressive performances in their respective flights.

Competing in Vol 1, Spoone easily won his first round to secure a match against reigning District I Class AA singles champion Connor Witucki in the semifinals. Spoone defeated Witucki in a close match to secure a final match against Greeneville’s Brayden Kennedy. The match felt like a homecoming for Spoone and Kennedy, as the two competed on the same USTA junior team only a few years ago. Kennedy beat Spoone 8-1 to win the championship.

Jay Harrison would be another Hurricane to play for a flying championship. After defeating Hank Hope of Greeneville, Harrison lost in the final round to Noah Helton of Greeneville 4-8. Other Morristown East players who took part in the Greene Fling tennis tournament included Andrew Hall, Rhyder Short and Jacob Lawson.

For the Lady Hurricanes, Kathryn Hall finished second in Girls Flight 1. After winning her opener 8-2, Seymour’s number one player defeated Hall to the championship. Newcomers Molley Bowman and Lindsee Thornton picked up tournament wins over West Ridge and Chucky-Doak. Finally, Polly Jett and Jocelyn Betancourt both gained valuable experience playing two games each in the tournament.

Both tennis teams now host County Claiborne at Frank Lorino Park this Monday evening.

The match between the two schools will also be Senior Night for Morristown East. Matches begin at 4:15 a.m. with doubles starting first.

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