The Douglas tennis program delivered its best performance in Marshall County Tennis Tournament history during the 2013 event Friday at the Albertville Tennis Courts.

The Eagle boys won their fourth consecutive county championship, a school record. They edged Guntersville by two points, 37-35.

Douglas’ girls came in second, the first time they’ve finished that high. Arab held off the Eagle girls 44-41.

Ian Wisener at No. 1 and Mark Miller at No. 5 won singles championships for Douglas. Wisener combined with his brother, Alex, to capture the No. 1 doubles crown.

“Ian successfully defended his singles and doubles county titles for the past four years,” said Douglas coach Stephanie Wisener.

“Will Siskey (of Albertville) gave him a run for his money, but Ian fought to get ahead and win 10-8.”
In girls play, Elena Garcia at No. 2 and Hannah Williams at No. 4 won singles crowns for the Eagles. Williams combined with Holley Simmons to take home the No. 3 doubles title.

“All of the girls were in the finals for doubles,” Wisener said. “Levi Jackson was in the finals at No. 6 singles, and Mark and Tyler Williams were in the finals for No. 3 doubles.”

Wiseners, Miller

lead the way

Wisener said her sons played a “fantastic” match in the doubles finals against Guntersville’s Kevin Triplett and Jacob McAllister. The Wiseners’ victory clinched the county title.

“Ian had a lot of pressure on him going into this tournament,” she said. “He’s the one the others count on for points, and he did not have an easy time getting those.

“Will Siskey from Albertville played an unbelievable semifinal game against Ian.

“Ian had trouble with his forehand throughout the match. He has a powerful serve, and in the end, that’s what kept him alive in that match, (along with) his don’t-give-up attitude.”

Wisener said Alex Wisener played a “phenomenal match” against Boaz’s Matt Wade in the No. 2 singles finals.

The score went back-and-forth until Wade took control and secured the victory.

“Alex is only an eighth-grader, and he’s pushing kids much older than him,” Wisener said. “He’s smart, and he knows how to place the ball and work angles on his shots.

“(Douglas) Coach (Terry) Gilbreath truly thinks he’ll only get better and better as he enters high school next year.”

Wisener praised Miller for his first-place finish at No. 5 singles.

“The team only won by two, so it was huge that he pulled out the win,” she said.

“Levi Jackson and Dylan Baker worked hard against their opponents. They came up short, but they played with intensity and passion.

“Tyler and Mark were in the finals for doubles at No. 3. They led most of the way when Guntersville picked up a second wind. The doubles went to a tiebreaker and ended with Guntersville winning.”

Wisener said the boys tournament came down to the wire. She said there was good competition throughout the event.

“Albertville’s seniors — Jay (Penney), Trent (Lynn) and Will (Siskey) — all wanted to win, and they played that way,” she said.

“Matt and Lee (Thompson) from Boaz are two formidable players. Jacob and Kevin from Guntersville made a dominating doubles team. Arab has three players up top that are competitive. Their No. 3 player (Kyle Cavendar) ended up winning the singles spot.

“The Douglas teams had to work extremely hard to finish as the county champions this year.”


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