This past weekend, the University of Alabama’s wheelchair tennis team traveled to Ridgeland, Mississippi to take on competition from all over the south in the men’s division of the Mississippi State Championships. Alabama’s three competitors, Shelby Baron, Sean Burns, and Maude Jacques, all advanced to their respective finals.
While Baron came away as the only victor from the Crimson Tide, the entire team showed great progress during the tournament. In the Men’s A Singles title match, Baron took on David W. Green, after only dropping a total of six games in the previous two rounds. Baron then went on to defeat Green in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
In the Men’s C Singles finale, Sean Burns was defeated 4-6, 6-3,2-6, by Ryan Guillory. However, the loss was not a disappointment to head coach Evan Enquist.
“While the whole team played well today, Sean Burns played his best tennis so far, especially considering he just started playing last year,” Enquist said. “Maude also had her first Men’s B win in just her second appearance in the new division.”
Jacques and Baron also reached the final in Men’s A Doubles before being defeated 4-6, 4-6 by David W. Green and Robbie Sullivan.
Now back in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide will have more than a week of practice before traveling to McDonough, Georgia on April 22 to compete in the Geranium Festival.