June 4, 2014 — The East Carter tennis team held its banquet last week and several awards were handed out.
Senior Amber Hall spent five years on the team, three on varsity. She was a team captain and was the 2012 Rookie of the Year. She also won the EKC doubles title this season.
Tanner Sammons, a seven-year member of the Raider Tennis Team, spent six seasons on varsity led East Carter in doubles wins for four years. He won the 16th Region Sportsmanship award and earned all-area honors. Fellow senior Carter Waugh spent two of the four years on varsity and earned an academic award.
The 2014 Rookies of the Year were awarded to Aliya Lewis and Mason Tomaseli. Lewis and Tomaseli also were awarded the Most Improved Player along with Marcus Harris, Makenzie Hayes, Noah Sammons and Emily Porter.
Hall and Hayes earned the best comeback win in doubles this season when they were behind 4-7 in a match and came back to win 9-8.
Porter got the nod for best comeback in singles, trailing 1-5 and won 8-6. She joins fellow teammate Jonathan Seagraves as he was down 1-4 and rallied for a 9-7 win.
Joining Waugh with an academic award this year is Amber Hall and Tanner Sammons with each player having a 4.0 grade-point average.
Tennis members earning varsity letters are Elyssa McDavid, Mason Tomaselli, Aliya Lewis, Shawn Greenhill, Kaitlyn Conley, Noah Sammons, Logan Moore and Brandon Dyer.
Raiders of the Year awards went to Jonathan Seagraves and Tanner Sammons while Amber Hall, Emily Porter and Makenzie Hayes were named Lady Raiders of the Year.
East Carter accounted for many season records in girls doubles wins. Makenzie Hayes had (15). It was the first time in school history that East won the EKC Girls Team Champions and the boys were co-champions at the EKC Tournament. Hall and Hayes were the EKC Girls Doubles Champions and Emily Porter brought home the EKC Girls Singles Championship.
This season, the Lady Raiders registered five regional wins, which is tied for the most in team history.