Baylor senior Benji Taverne and junior Hunter Smith will defend their 2018 state doubles title after beating Sims Lance and Michael Nelson of MBA in the quarterfinals and eliminating Hugh Graham and Anson Anderson, also of MBA, in the semis. Taverne and Smith beat Lance/Nelson 6-1, 7-6 (1) and Graham/Anderson 6-4, 6-1. They will take on John Knight and Charlie Park of McCallie for the title Friday at 10 a.m. Baylor has had 14 state doubles champions.
Senior Landie McBrayer will play for a girls' tennis state singles championship on Friday after beating teammate Defne Bozbey in the quarterfinals and Ensworth's Riley Collins in the semifinal match on Thursday. McBrayer got by Bozbey with a 6-2, 6-4 win and breezed past Collins 6-1, 6-0. She will play Maggie Cannata of Ensworth for the championship Friday at noon. Baylor has boasted the singles state champion for six of the last eight years.
In boys' singles action Manuel Achurra was forced to retire due to injury early in the first set of his quarterfinal match against Seth Richey of Memphis University School.
In girls' doubles action, Paige Gilbert and Anna Hawkins defeated Madison Hand and Hadley McCormack of Ensworth 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinal round but fell 6-3, 7-6 (4) to AC Lee and Stephanie Woodbury of Hutchison in the semifinals. Carolyn Reid and Grace Mooney were eliminated by St. Benedict's Jolie Taty and Sean Mullen 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.