Smackover’s Mackenzie Preston stepped into the 3A State Tennis Match with a aim of advancing farther than the second spherical. The junior did simply that, incomes All-State honors after pushing to the semifinals earlier than settling for a fourth-place exhibiting.
Preston, who has certified for the state match in all three of her seasons, had her finest ever end regardless of a season shortened by the pandemic.
“I couldn’t be prouder of her effort and instance,” stated Smackover coach Sonia Barker. “I’m excited for her senior season the place I do know she’s going to hone her abilities with the ever-present thought that the ultimate spherical of State is all she has left that she has not completed.”
Making it out of the primary spherical wasn’t simple. Preston opened towards Corning’s Kenlie Watson, who was additionally decided to advance. Preston emerged with a hard-fought 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory.
“She labored her manner on prime by serving properly and utilizing sensible shot decisions to win the primary set,” stated Barker.
Preston had a neater time within the second spherical, dispatching Reagan Rabb of Central Arkansas Christian 6-2, 6-2.
Cave Metropolis’s Keylee Lyons, who had a default win to the semifinals, proved too robust and vanquished Preston 6-2, 6-3.
“This was a tricky loss for her as a result of her photographs in her arsenal, and she or he has fairly a number of, had been simply not there for her on this match,” stated Barker. “She misplaced the one professional set of eight video games to complete fourth in State, and although she struggled together with her strokes in each of Tuesday’s matches she by no means gave up, by no means misplaced composure, and by no means stopped preventing.”