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D-B's Rogers reaches district tournament semifinals with easy win

May 7th, 2013 6:35 pm by Dave Ongie

D-B's Rogers reaches district tournament semifinals with easy win

Dobyns-Bennett's Josie Rogers hits a shot against Science Hill's Avery Linton during their District 1-AAA tennis tournament matchup on Tuesday in Kingsport.

KINGSPORT — Mother Nature ultimately won out for the second day in a row at the District 1-AAA individual tennis tournament on Tuesday, but not before the top seed on the girls’ side scored a win of her own.

After drawing a first-round bye, Dobyns-Bennett’s Josie Rogers made quick work of her second-round opponent at Indian Highland Park. The sophomore sensation cruised past Avery Linton of Science Hill 6-0, 6-0 to secure a spot in the semifinals, which will be played Wednesday morning if the weather permits.

Rogers used a relentless attack to keep Linton on her heels, and the aggressive approach paid off.

“I tried to pressure her and get her deep,” Rogers said. “I didn’t want her to get a lot of short balls. Then I just waited for a shot and practiced patience.”

Rogers burst onto the scene last year thanks to a stellar postseason run that took her all the way to the state title match, where she came up on the short end of a 6-0, 6-2 decision against Ashlee Boles of Siegel.

Rogers said that experience has helped her take her game to a new level this season.

“I feel a lot more confident because I’m not a freshman and I’ve been there,” she said. “It’s easier to be a leader on the team. I learned that you have to play every match as hard as you can. 

“I can’t expect that same thing as last year. I just have to play confident and play with no expectations.”

Shortly after Rogers walked off the court, rain rolled in and soaked the tennis facility at Indian Highland Park, postponing several matches in the process. Play is scheduled to resume Wednesday at 9 a.m. with the semifinals to follow later in the day.

The championship matches in all divisions are now scheduled to happen  Thursday morning, weather permitting.

Sarah Blevins of Tennessee High also was able to complete her second-round match, putting her through to the semis. Both Blevins and Rogers will find out who their opponents are once play resumes Wednesday morning.

On the boys’ side, Matt Henson of Tennessee High and Joe Lyttle of Sullivan Central advanced to the semifinals. 

In the girls’ doubles competition, Science Hill’s dynamic duo, Katie Deal and Hope Forbush,  was  unable to complete its second-round match after receiving a first-round bye. None of the second-round matches was finished before the rain came.

In boys’ doubles, Landon Martin and Cameron Martin of Science Hill beat Scott Ward and Jason Carmack of Volunteer 6-0, 6-0 to move on to the semifinals. The rest of the second-round matches will be wrapped up Wednesday morning.

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