University of Alabama’s wheelchair team wrapped up their season when they competed in the Geranium Festival tennis tournament in McDonough, Georgia. The team faced tough competition from all over the south, and ultimately came up short in the tournament. On Friday, the team finished the first day of the tournament 2-1, with both Sean Burns and Maude Jaques winning in straight sets. Shelby Baron, who rallied from two separate four game deficits, ultimately fell in three sets in her first round match.
Saturday was a tough day for the entire team, as they finished 0-3 on the day. Burns faced the number one seed in the entire tournament, and while he challenged his competitor in the first set, his limited experience with the sport was too big of an disadvantage. Jaques fiercly fought in her second match, even coming back in the second set, 1-4, to eventually win the set 7-6, before her loss in the third set. Baron also lost in three tough sets after a 7-10 super breaker in the third set.
However, the team strongly competed in the doubles portion of the tournament. Both Jaques and Baron made it to their respective finals with their partners, but came up short in the finales. Despite the losses, the team showed great promise according to head coach Evan Enquist, especially in Baron’s final, in which they took on the number one ranked doubles team in the country.
“Everyone has improved immensely since our appearance at this event last year, Enquist said. “Even though the results didn’t fall in our favor, we ended up losing our matches in 3 sets showing how close we were to the competition.”