Kossuth advanced to the second round by defeating North Pontotoc, while East Side advanced to the second round with a forfeit win over the Mississippi Math and Science School.
During the regular season, Kossuth won Region 1, while East Side won Region 3.
The Trojans are hungry for success, as they have been doing everything they can to prepare for Monday’s match.
East Side head coach Adrianne Cannon is pleased with her team’s work ethic.
“They’ve been working hard and practicing hard,” Cannon said. “They’ve been playing with some of the teachers at the high school, and they’ve played a couple of practice matches with other players at different schools. They’ve gotten a lot of tips from tennis instructors in the local area.”
For East Side, Cameron Grenell and Skylar White will be competing in mixed doubles; Kedric Webb and Jamarcus Burns will be competing in the No. 1 boys doubles match; Johnathan White and Donte Chatman will be playing in the No. 2 boys doubles match; Quadre Butler will be competing in the boys singles match; Keisha Jackson will be playing in the girls singles match; Angela Jackson and Janeisha Mayhall will be playing in No. 1 girls doubles action and Olecia James and Chauntelle Hutton will be competing in No. 2 girls doubles action.
Cannon said this time of the year is the best time for these players.
“All together, I’m thankful for the experience they’ll receive from competing in the team and individual playoffs,” Cannon said. “It’s great for the seniors because they’re getting to have one more run at state. It’s also a good experience for the younger ones, because they’ll learn more about the game of tennis, and they’ll see what they need to do in order to improve and compete on the state level.”
Monday’s match is set for 1 p.m. The winner of the East Side-Kossuth match will take on the winner of the South Pontotoc-Mooreville match in the quarterfinals.