Webb School of Knoxville
Webb School of Knoxville

Webb Spartan, Lady Spartan Tennis Teams Bring Home Gold in State Doubles Championships

Webb Spartan, Lady Spartan Tennis Teams Bring Home Gold in State Doubles Championships

Spartan boys’ team finishes runner-up at state. 

Webb’s boys’ and girls’ varsity tennis teams concluded the final day of this year’s TSSAA Division II-A state tennis tournament at Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro with gold medals in doubles championship play.

The Spartans’ Wilder Dewhirst ’23 and Alex Juergens ’22 won the boys’ doubles title, May 28, with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Jack Wilkerson and Tristan Scallion of University School of Jackson (USJ). Both Spartan doubles teams – Dewhirst/Juergens and Zach Reynolds ’22 and Trent Valeriano ’25 advanced to this year’s DII-A boys’ state doubles semifinals, with Reynolds and Valeriano falling to USJ’s Wilkerson and Scallion, 6-2, 7-5, while Dewhirst and Juergens, who had just started competing in doubles events this season, defeated Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian Academy’s (CPA) Aiden Menzie and Leo Menzie, 7-6, 6-1, to advance to the final.  

Lady Spartan doubles partners Lili Roth ’21 and Delaney Bone ’22 defeated USJ’s Brilee Davis and Addy Measley, 6-3, 6-1, for the 2021 DII-A girls’ state doubles crown. Roth and Bone, whose last state doubles appearance included a runner-up finish in 2019, reclaimed a Webb tennis dynasty that included four straight Lady Spartan state doubles titles before the 2020 season was interrupted due to COVID-19. In addition, Roth and Bone, and Webb doubles pair Evan Lyke ’24 and Molly Crawford ’23 were on their way to repeating a familiar tradition of an all-Lady-Spartan state doubles tournament final. However, Lyke and Crawford fell to USJ’s Davis/Measley duo, 6-1, 6-2, in their semifinal.

Both doubles titles came on the heels of DII-A state team tournament play for Webb earlier in the week that included a runner-up finish for the Spartan boys’ team and a state semifinal appearance for the girls.

Webb’s boys took home the silver in the DII-A state team championship, May 26, falling to CPA, 4-3, in the state title match. Trailing 3-2 after singles play with wins by Dewhirst in No. 1 singles and Juergens at No. 3, the Spartans tied the state title match, 3-3, when Dewhirst and Jeurgens defeated CPA’s Menzie/Menzie duo, 8-3, in No. 1 doubles. However, the Lions’ Nathan Irwin and Clark Danelz later sealed the state team championship for CPA with an 8-4 victory over Reynolds and Valeriano in No. 2 doubles.

A day earlier, Webb’s Lady Spartans fought to gain a berth to this year’s state team championship, but lost, 4-1, to USJ in their semifinal. The USJ Lady Bruins went on to claim the 2021 state crown with a 4-2 victory over Christian Academy of Knoxville.