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Pillow Academy’s Ann Craig Melton hit a return shot against Washington School Tuesday at Twin Rivers in Greenwood. PA won the match, 6-3.

Pillow Academy’s Holly Ann Singh continued her coaching domination over archrival Washington School on Tuesday.

The two-time defending MAIS tennis coach of the year moved to 5-0 all time versus Washington after Pillow defeated it six matches to three in Greenwood.

“I was very proud of everyone today,” Singh said. “I'm also pleased with the matches we dropped, because we know exactly what to practice now for our next conference match against them in a couple of weeks.”

The Pillow girls squad did not lose a set, showing why they are once again a favorite to defend their two-year run as AAAA Division II state champions. Dia Chawla won her No. 1 girls singles match over Kathleen Tucker, 6-4 6-1. Rookie Pillow starter Avery McDaniel won her No. 2 girls singles match, defeating Washington's Hannah Ashely, 6-1, 6-1.

Mari-Brian Crick and Madison Jefcoat dominated at No. 1 girls doubles, easily defeating Washington's Lawler Horn and Mary Glenn Hooker, 6-2, 6-0. And the Pillow No. 2 girls doubles combo of Anne Craig Melton and Elizabeth Powers won over Mia Morgan and Ava Fratesi, 6-0, 6-3.

Pillow's other two wins came in boys singles. Four-time defending state singles champ Sunjay Chawla overpowered Washington's Landon Azlin to the tune of a 6-0, 6-0 rout in No. 1 singles. Floyd Melton IV won his No. 2 boys singles match 6-1, 6-0 over Rahul Kumar.

Pillow's boys doubles team did not fare as well. The number one combo of John Heston Powers and John Hollis Tackett lost 6-2, 6-1 to John Bentley Suares and Paul Horn. The tandem of Sumner Tackett and Arnav Thakur lost 6-2, 6-1 to Mark Hooker and Cooper Hathaway.

And in the fiercest battle of the day, Pillow's mixed doubles combo of Julia Love Lyon and Cole Tyler overcame a shaky start to lose to the defending state champion mixed doubles duo of Michael Tucker and Lizzie Shelton, 6-1, 7-5.

The Mustangs (4-1) played conference rival Magnolia Heights Thursday.

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