Vaughn and McNeer won the North A State Title in the No. 1 boys doubles division winning all three of their matches in the tournament.
“Tyler Vaughn and Mitchell McNeer played their best tennis of the season and got the north state tile,” Bayou head tennis coach Milena Araujo said. “They are going to state as the number one seed and that gives them an advantage.”
In their first match of the day, Vaughn and McNeer blanked Regents of Oxford’s Prather and Carey in straight set 6-0, 6-0. Vaughn and McNeer continued their success in the semifinals by defeating West Memphis’ Farr and DeVazier in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the championship match. In the championship match, Vaughn and McNeer completed their day in victory by defeating Sharkey’s team of Vilarreal and Clinkscales 7-6, 6-1.
The other Bayou tennis player to qualify for state was Tres Heisnz who finished second in the No. 2 boys singles division at North State. Heinsz defeated Regents of Oxford’s Lake 6-0, 6-1 and West Memphis’ Cash 6-2, 6-3 before losing to Sharkey’s Anthony 6-4, 7-5 in the championship match.
“It was his first season to play,” Araujo said about Heinsz. “At the beginning, I wasn’t sure if he was going to make it, but he did a really good job. He plays hard and doesn’t except losing.”
The performances by Vaughn, McNeer and Heinsz enabled Bayou to finish second behind Sharkey at North State.
“I never doubted my players but earning second overall for the boys wasn’t something I expected because we only had two teams,” Araujo said. “It was a great surprise, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Bayou’s Brittany Earls was able to advance to the semifinals in the No. 1 girls singles division, but she wasn’t able to qualify for state.
Vaughn, McNeer and Heinsz will compete in the Class A State Tournament in Jackson on Saturday.