Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High junior Ava Cothron teamed up with sophomore teammate Breia Smith to place third in the District 9 Large Individual Tennis Tournament.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High junior Ava Cothron teamed up with sophomore teammate Breia Smith to place third in the District 9 Large Individual Tennis Tournament.

HENDERSONVILLE -- The Macon County High girls doubles team of Ava Cothron and Breia Smith reached the semifinals of the District 9 Large Division Individual Tennis Tournament before falling to the eventual district champion.

Cothron and Smith -- the No. 2 seed -- received a first-round bye before rolling to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Beech's Anna Brynn Carneal and Abby Knox and then a 6-0, 6-0 win over White House's Olivia Talley and Taylor Brake.

However, the Tigerette duo suffered a 6-2, 6-2 loss to the No. 3 seed, Caroline Miller and Audrey Spurlock, in the semifinals.

Miller reached the Class AAA state semifinals along with Grace Phillips last May.

Miller and Spurlock defeated Wilson Central's Jacey Staggs and Savannah Westbrooke -- the No. 1 seed -- in a third-set tiebreaker to claim the title.

Cothron and Smith bounced back to win a playoff for third place, capturing an 8-6 victory over Hendersonville's Emory Creager and Katie Lee.

Macon County's doubles team of Katelyn Cothron and Callie Cothron opened play with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Mt. Juliet's Maddie Knipmeyer and Lucy Pfeiffer before suffering a 6-4, 6-1 loss to White House's Danielle Rappuhn and Savannah Corbitt, the No. 4 seed, in the round of 16.

Both of the Tigerettes' singles competitors won their opening match before being eliminated.

Senior Brooklyn Driver was the No. 4 seed, and after receiving a first-round bye, she claimed a 6-3, 6-4 win over Lebanon's Hannah Lawson in the round of 16.

However, Driver suffered a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Mt. Juliet's Riquera Smith in the quarterfinals.

Macon County sophomore Syanne Alred captured a 6-2, 6-3 win over Gallatin's Savannah Ford in her opening match before suffering a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Mt. Juliet's Carly Earndhardt, the No. 2 seed, in the round of 16.

Hendersonville sophomore Lucy Sims rolled to the singles title, dropping just four games in her four matches. The top seed defeated Earnhardt by a 6-1, 6-1 margin in the title match.

Sims reached the Class AAA State Tournament last season.

In the boys singles competition, Macon County junior Lance Elmore was the No. 5 seed and received a first-round bye before suffering a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 loss to Station Camp's Joshua Biggs in the round of 16.

Wilson Central senior Michael Mercante repeated as the district champion, with the No. 1 seed dropping just seven games over his four matches. He rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Station Camp's Lance Watson in the championship match.

Mercante reached the Class AAA state semifinals last year before falling to the eventual state champion, Brentwood senior Sam Fischer.

Hendersonville's Jared Burns and Ben Dorr -- the No. 5 seed -- claimed the boys doubles title with a 6-3, 6-0 win over teammates Jackson Kinsler and Brady Rucks in the championship match.

Kinsler and Rucks were the No. 2 seed.

Burns and Dorr faced their biggest challenge in the quarterfinals, claiming a three-set win over Mt. Juliet's Dillon Smith and Pierce Smith, the No. 4 seed. Then, Burns and Dorr captured a straight-set victory over the No. 1 seed, Beech's Chase Dorris and Camden Foster, in the semifinals.