Tennis returns to UH after three-decade hiatus

University High’s tennis program returned to action on Monday afternoon after a 30-year hiatus. Girls players include Kaylee Degennero, Lauren Harvey, Jordan Havert, Annie Hayes, Priya Lewis, Lily Mefford, Danielle Thomas and Sofia Villanueva. Tyler DeGennaro, Anderson Havert, Kyrylo Hnatusko, Swink Hutchinson, Graham Mefford, Gavin Olsen, Sathvik Ramu and Brady Weems comprise the boys’ team. Matt Trivett is the head coach.

After a 30-year absence, the University High tennis program got back up and running on Monday with a home match against South Greene.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring back the University High School tennis team this year,” said University School Director, Dr. Brian Partin. “Although we are extremely appreciative to the Unicoi County High School administrators, coaches and team for allowing our student-athletes to participate with them through a cooperative program these past couple of years, we are looking forward to cheering on our athletes in their blue and gold this season.”

This year’s team is a mix of returning players and new recruits. Many University High players have been part of a co-op program with Unicoi County’s tennis team for the past few years.

Last year, Lily Mefford finished runner-up in the Class A State Tournament. Kaylee DeGennaro and Jordan Havert also got a taste of postseason competition last year by advancing to the regionals

Former college athlete and avid tennis player Matt Trivett will serve as UH’s head coach. Mike Norris – tennis pro at the Johnson City Country Club – and Jamie and Mike Mefford will assist Trivett.


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