By John R. Schirmer
RUSSELLVILLE – The Scrapperette tennis team finished second overall at the state Class 4A tournament Oct. 17-18 at Arkansas Tech University.
Kendall Kirchhoff and Olivia Herzog were runners-up in doubles competition. McKenzie Morphew and Leslie Lingo were third.
Nashville finished one point behind Pocahontas and Batesville Southside, the state co- champions, for the overall title.
Kirchhoff and Herzog are competing in the overall state tournament today (Oct. 26) at Burns Park in North Little Rock. They were scheduled to open against Episcopal Collegiate this morning at 10.
The winner will advance to the next round this afternoon at 1. Semifinal and final rounds will be played Thursday.
Episcopal is the runner-up from Class 3A, according to Nashville Coach Damon Williams.
The tournament features the winners and runners-up from each classification, 2A-7A.
At the state 4A tournament, Herzog and Kirchhoff defeated Prairie Grove in the opening round 6-1, 6-0.
They won a tie-breaker with Brookland after splitting the first 2 sets 6-2, 3-6.
In the semifinals, Kirchhoff and Herzog defeated Monticello 6-4, 6-4
They lost to Batesville Southside in the state finals 2-6, 6-4 and 1-6 in the tie- breaker.
The loss to Brookland in the second set and the loss to Southside were their only losses of the entire season, Williams said.
Herzog, a junior, has played for the Scrapperettes since the ninth grade.
For Kirchhoff, a senior, this was her first year of high school tennis. She has been active in basketball and softball throughout school.
Morphew and Lingo won their opening round match 6-2, 6-4, and their second round 6-1, 6-2.
They lost to Southside 1-6, 2-6 in the semifinals and defeated Monticello 7-5, 6-4 in the consolation game.
Kirchhoff and Herzog entered the state tournament as the doubles champions of District 7-4A. Lingo and Morphew were the district runners-up.
In boys action at the state tournament, Zach Backus and Glenn Hartness won their opening match 6-1, 6-2.
They lost in the second round 2-6, 3-6.
Backus and Hartness were the doubles champions in District 7-4A.