In one of the first home tennis games for Vilonia, the Vilonia Eagles traded wins with the Morrilton Devil Dogs on the court.
On a hot August afternoon, fans from both schools gathered underneath the bleachers at the Centennial Bank Field at Phillip D. Weaver Stadium to witness a myriad of singles and doubles matches between the Eagles and the Devil Dogs.
Despite the humidity, the visiting Morrilton competitors gave Vilonia’s court a positive reception.
"I like the courts," said Morrilton Devil Dogs coach Zac Noland. "I wish we had courts like this at our facility."
Beyond the confines of the tennis court’s chain link fences, Noland went on to watch his Lady Devil Dogs notch five wins out of seven matches.
Of these victories, one of the most notable was a 6-1 battle of the sophomores won by 2013 Conway Open runner-up Jordan Ryals of Morrilton against top seed doubles player Brittany Mays of Vilonia.
In women’s doubles action, Mays rebounded from her singles losses with an 8-2 victory alongside junior Faith Burroughs.
Mays said the elements that were helpful in attaining the victory were the duo’s experience and how Burroughs’ work on the baseline meshed with Mays’ work at volleys.
Mays and Burroughs’ win would turn out to be one of three that the Lady Eagles acquired in doubles action.
Meanwhile, in men’s singles matches, Vilonia juniors Ryan Bates and Bradley Taylor won their matches in convincing fashion with 8-3 and 8-1 scores, respectively.
"I served well and played well," Taylor said.