Meridian Star

July 17, 2013

Two tennis Eagles move on while MCC inks a Ga. standout

from school reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Two 2013 graduates of Meridian Community College have signed National Letter of Intents to play with four-year schools.  Katy Adams, who hails from Silsbee, Texas, has signed to play with the University of West Alabama.  Adams had a very successful two years at MCC both academically and athletically.  

    Adams started both years in both doubles and singles.  Her freshman year she played number two doubles and number five singles; her sophomore year she moved to number one singles and number one doubles.  

    She played a pivotal role in her team’s eighth place finish at the National Tournament this year and an eleventh place finish her freshman year.  Katy was inducted into the MCC Circle of Excellence at graduation and was an honor graduate.  

    She was selected to Who’s Who Among College Students.  Katy is the daughter of Charlie and Marty Adams.

    Tara-Beth Hall who came to MCC from Belmont, MS has signed a National Letter of Intent with Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. Hall played number four singles and three doubles her sophomore year.

    “If I were giving a Most Improved Award from last season, it would go to Tara-Beth,” stated MCC Head Coach Wanda McPhail.

    Hall was the president of the MCC Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years, a member of the Baptist Student Union, a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, and graduated with highest honors.  

    She was selected as a NJCAA Academic All-American.  Tara was also recognized at the national tournament as the national winner of the USTA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award; she will travel (expenses paid) to the US Open where she will receive this award.

     Hall  is the daughter of Tony and Melanie Davis Hall.

Eagles sign Ga. star

    The Meridian Community College Men’s Tennis team recently signed Will Rogers of Marietta, Ga., to a National Letter of Intent for the 2013-2014 season.

     Will played for his high school team, North Cobb Christian School,  for four years, playing the number 1 single’s position for three years.  

    He was selected his junior year as the Most Valuable Player; he helped his team reach the state playoffs.  Will is ranked #96 out of 512 ranked players in the B18’s in Georgia.  

    He has trained at Olde Towne Tennis Academy under Jerry Baskin who also coached Robbie Genepris.

    He begin his tennis at the age of 11 training under Coach Eric Cleaver.  

    According to MCC Head Coach Wanda McPhail, “Will is the kind of player who can come in and have immediate success because he will stay on the court as long as it takes to win a point.  We are very excited to have him as part of our team.”

    Will is the son of Mr. Bill and Jeanette Rogers.