TIFTON — Tennis is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Tift County High, but whether that will happen is literally up in the air.
Rain is almost a certainty, said head coach Ivey Vickers. It is looking likely that the Blue Devils will have to reschedule against Camden County, but Vickers said that call will be made this morning.
Tift’s teams split opening matches with Thomas County Central Tuesday at Thomasville.
The Blue Devils won 5-0, while the Lady Devils fell, 3-2. Two of those losses were by tiebreaker, said Vickers, making it even closer.
The Devils did not lose a set to Thomas County Central. Lleyton Callison defeated Nate Bellamy, 6-4, 6-4. Tyler Parrish won over Zach Groff, 6-4, 6-1 and Cole Cordle defeated Case Carter, 6-1, 6-4. In doubles, Hays Jones and DeAdrian Baisden defeated Jaylen Duncan and Keaten Stevens, 6-1, 6-3. Carter Jackson and Christian Massa won over Caleb Willis and Caleb Kinns, 7-5, 6-3.
The Lady Devils had one win in singles and another in doubles.
Dana Wells won at No. 3 singles over Claire Pope, 6-2, 6-0. Anna Claire Owens and Brayden Callison had the other victory, 6-0, 6-2 over Allie Bellamy and Charline Scudder.
Kerrigan Turner and Haley Burns each fell in tiebreakers.
Against Lexie Payne, Turner dropped the first set, 6-3, before coming back with a 6-0 win in the second set. Payne prevailed 10-4 in the tiebreaker. Like Turner, Burns lost her first set to Reiley Richardson, 6-2, before winning 6-1. Her tiebreaker was slightly closer, a 10-5 loss.
Kylei Cutts and Jessie Vance dropped 6-1 and 6-1 sets to Bryce Brywick and Anna Grace Rice.
The Lady Devils are a young bunch in 2020, with Burns the only senior listed on the roster. Wells, Turner, Vance and Emily Rowland are juniors. There are no sophomores and Owens, Cutts, Callison, Fatima Williams, Kaylea Pridgen and Colby Harper are freshmen.
The Devils are bit more senior-heavy. Jones, Baisden, Tanner Green, Bryce Handcock and Joshua Abantao are all in 12th grade. Cordle, Callison and Parrish are juniors, with Massa, Jackson, Michal Gregus and Benjamin Wilson named as sophomores. Christian Mathis is the lone freshman.
Because of Vickers’ double duty as swimming and diving head coach, tennis will be limited next week due to the state tournament in that sport. Tift’s next home matches are slated for Feb. 11 against Colquitt County.