Meridian CC tennis nabs four

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
June 29, 2004
Meridian Community College landed four new players to the Eagles' tennis nest in Monday.
West Lauderdale High School's Matthew Schanrock and Casey Hedgepeth, Lamar School's Ann Claire Marascalco and Quitman High School's Brianne Boudreaux signed to play for MCC's men's and women's tennis teams next season at the Damon Fitness Center.
Hedgepeth, Marascalco and Boudreaux join a Lady Eagles team that finished last season ranked No. 11 in the nation, and Schanrock joins an Eagles squad which finished the season ranked No. 17.
McPhail said she expects her returning sophomores to help the latest additions to her squads adjust quickly to play at the college level.
Hedgepeth and Schanrock were members of the first tennis team at West Lauderdale, which McPhail helped start.
Schanrock said he looks forward to reuniting with his first high school tennis coach.
Schanrock has played tennis for the last five years, and the former Knight netter helped West Lauderdale capture the Class 3A state title.
Schanrock and his doubles partner, Brooke Bounds, defeated Natalie and Nick Lahaye of Poplarville 6-2, 6-2 to claim the 3A doubles title, and he was selected to the All-state first team.
Hedgepeth, who has played tennis at West Lauderdale for the past six years, was a member of the Knights' state championship team, but she was unable to play in the postseason matches.
After being the Lady Knights singles player for most of the season, she injured her ankle before district play began.
McPhail said Hedgepeth is a fundamentally sound player, who will add depth to the Lady Eagles' squad.
Marascalco, who played in the USTA junior program as well as at Lamar, won the MPSA Class AAA district champion in her freshman and sophomore year's with the Lady Raiders. She also won the Class AAA South state title as a sophomore.
In her junior year, Marascalco was a finalist in the Junior Early Bird tournament, and as she senior, she played No. 1 girls singles.
Boudreaux was selected as Quitman's most valuable player in each of the four years she played for the school's tennis team. She also received the school's most athletic award as a senior.
The former Quitman player competed in the state tournament in each of her four years with the program, and Boudreaux was selected as the Gatorade player of the year in her junior and senior seasons.

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