The Pillow Academy boys tennis dynasty is over.
The three-time defending state championship winning Mustang tennis team came in second place this year in the Academy AAAA, Division II playoffs. The squad lost to Washington School 101/2 points to 61/2 points.
Senior Sunjay Chawla ended his career with his fifth straight boys singles state championship, defeating Copiah Academy 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles finals.
Chawla, a 7-year starter for the squad, ended his singles career at Pillow with a 70-4 record. He did not lose a set in his last two years.
Capping off his sixth year as a starter was senior Floyd Melton IV, who won his first state championship with an overpowering 6-0, 6-1 victory over Washington School. Melton played doubles for five years before moving to singles this year.
Senior Cole Tyler’s run as a five-year starter ended with partner Julia Love Lyon with a tough 2-6, 6-4, 3-6 loss in mixed doubles to Simpson Academy. Tyler won a doubles championship four years ago as a freshman.
The No. 1 doubles duo of John Hollis Tackett and John Heston Powers lost in the quarterfinals to Simpson Academy 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
And the No. 2 doubles combination of eight-graders Arnav Thakur and Sumner Tackett lost 0-6, 7-6, 10-4.
Pillow Academy’s girls tennis teams quest for a three peat came up short as they lost on overall points to arch rival Lamar School on Friday.
Finishing her last campaign as a starter, Mari Brian Crick won her second state championship. Crick teamed with Madison Jeffcoat to defeat Lamar 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in No. 1 girls doubles.
Also winning an individual state championship was No. 2 singles player Avery McDaniel. The freshman Mustang defeated Lamar 0-6, 7-5, 6-4.
The No. 2 doubles sophomore combination of Anne Craig Melton and Elizabeth Powers lost to Lamar 6-3, 6-4. This was the second year that Melton and Powers came up short against Lamar in the finals.
No. 1 singles player Dia Chawla was overpowered 6-2, 6-3 in the finals to close out the win for Lamar.
The Lady Mustangs return six of seven starters next year, losing only Crick.