Varsity men’s tennis wins 1A SPC Conference Tournament


SHELBY — The Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA) varsity men’s tennis team won the 1A side of the Southern Piedmont Conference Tournament last Wednesday. 

At the end of the day, two singles players (Charlie Schweppe and James Hamrick) along with one doubles team (Lukas Hobbs and Aidan O’Reilly) qualified for the 1A West Regional Tournament, which will begin on April 29 at Elkin High School. 

Schweppe received an opening-round bye and then defeated Luke Falls (6-0, 6-0) in the semifinals. Hamrick also received an opening-round bye and defeated Noah Fargher (6-0, 6-3) in the semifinals. 

The duo of Nathan Jiang and Harrison Newton won its first-round match against Jake Hoskins and Sawyer Greene (6-3, 0-6, 10-5), but fell in the semifinals to Jack Mulvey and JD Dattoli (3-6, 4-6). 

Meanwhile, Hobbs and O’Reilly earned a first-round bye and defeated Mitchell Lackey and Kadin Beaver (6-0, 6-1) to advance to the finals. In the finals, Hobbs and O’Reilly defeated Mulvey and Dattoli (6-0, 6-1).