JACKSON -- Ocean Springs' run of six straight state championships in tennis came to an end Monday when the Greyhounds were defeated by Madison Central, 5-2, in the 6A final.
"Madison Central came out pounding the ball. They took control from the very beginning," said Ocean Springs coach Kathy Gendron. "We had to fight back and we came up a bit short."
Madison Central wrapped up the title when Trey Randall and William Ellis won a tiebreaker for a 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 victory over Cole Wagoner and Slay Wagoner at No. 2 doubles to give the Jaguars a 4-0 lead.
"We knew it would be a tough match and we really came out to play from the first point," said Madison Central coach Brad Boteler, whose team lost to Ocean Springs in the final three straight years (2012-14). "I could not be more please with the way we played."
Ocean Springs' two points came in girls doubles. Olivia Nash and Victoria Vice defeated Skye Hayman and Sara Whitehead at No. 1 6-4, 7-4, and Abby Chapman and Sophia St. Amant won a tiebreaker at No. 2 for a 3-6, 6-1, 10-6 victory over Dailee Ellis and Emma Liles.
Madison Central's other four points came in straight sets. Nick Elenkov beat William Ellis in boys singles, Megan Humphreys defeated Amanda Kilduff in girls singles, William Pratt and Conner Fudge downed Michael Phillips and Beck Guidry in No. 1 boys doubles and the mixed doubles team of Kyle Anderson and Ann Cabot Stockett beat Lukas Wicht and Rachel Broom.
Five of the 12 players for Ocean Springs are seniors.
"We're going to have to work really hard and start rebuilding," Gendron said.
It was the second state championship for Madison Central in less than a week. The Jaguars won golf Thursday.
It was déjà vu all over again for Stone. For the sixth year in a row, the Tomcats lost to Oxford in the 5A final.
Oxford won all seven matches in straight sets and dropped only 12 games in 14 sets.
What will it take for Stone to finally get over the hurdle?
"We just have to keep working and getting better," said coach Freddie Wegner. "I think we played as well as we could. We gave them our best shot."
Nine of the Tomcats' 12 players are seniors.
Oxford coach Louis Nash said his team played about as well as it could.
"And I don't always say that," Nash said. "We were solid, confident and played like it."
It was the ninth straight title for the Chargers.
Gordon Whitewell defeated Blake Beech in boys singles and Claire Stephens downed Kaylen Bond in girls singles. In boys doubles, Will Swindoll and Gus Morgan beat Reid Cudd and Trey Wegner, and Ryan Mounce and Max Mauney defeated Mateo Escaner and Will Ladner.
For girls doubles, Grace Ann Jones and Amanda Lowery downed Laurel Buckley and Victoria Alexander and Sarah Nash and Mclellan Davis defeated Beth Owen and RiAnne Taylor. And in mixed doubles, Bo Nash and Abby Vaughn defeated Breanna Rosetti and Orin Ladner.
The victory came just two days after Oxford swept boys and girls track.