Only one thing is for sure as the Maumelle tennis teams compete in the 4A-7 conference tournament today. Freshman Rett Matthew is the number one seed in the boys’ singles division.
The tournament, held at the Ouachita and Henderson campuses in Arkadelphia, consists of 12 individuals and 12 double teams in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions. The top three finishers advance to the state tournament Oct. 15-16, also to be held in Arkadelphia on the college campuses.
In only its second year of existence, the teams keep improving but still are very young as they are made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores.
"The boys won all their conference matches except one," Coach Bynum Matthews said. "The girls haven’t won, but they are still really beginners."
In singles play, Rett Matthews is undefeated. He is the only one on the team to get a seeding for the conference tournament. That is important as he won’t have to play first-round matches.
"He should advance to state," Matthews said. "He is certainly going down there to try and win it."
The other singles spot is rounded out by sophomore Jacob Kennard with a 4-3 record. The doubles teams are sophomores Robert Scott and Nick Hawkins as the number one team and freshmen Spencer Burton and Ben Setalsana in the number two spot.
Also playing for the Hornets this year season were the number three doubles team of sophomores Colin Phelan and Clayton Riding, and sophomores Sam Leek and Michael Windsor.
In the girls’ division, sophomore Analise Starratt is in the number one singles spot with sophomores Ashli Mesaris and Lily Scott as the number one doubles team. The number two singles spot is sophomore Miracle Toney with the number two doubles spot consisting of junior Bianca Hunter and senior Denisha Creggett. Sophomore Jordan Proffitt is also a member of the team.
With such a young team, the future looks bright for the Hornets in both the boys’ and girls’ division. Matthews added it was a good year with 17 players, 10 boys and seven girls, gaining valuable experience.