HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: Russell sisters off to state

By ERIC VICCARO
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Meagan Russell and Myah Russell, Bowie High School’s No. 1 girls’ doubles team, has accomplished something historic.
The Russells defeated Jamie Kelley and Victoria Wheeler from Whitewright in three sets by scores of 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at the Conference 3A Region 2 tournament on Tuesday in Tyler.
By winning the regional championship, Meagan Russell and Myah Russell will now represent Bowie at the University Interscholastic League state tournament set for May 12-13 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
“It’s been 37 years since we’ve had a qualifier,” Bowie head tennis coach David Hall said. “It’s a great accomplishment. I’m excited to be a part of it, and cheer them on.”
In the 1970s, Bowie girls’ tennis was in its heyday with Julie Heard (now Wallace), Jeannie Crumpler (now McGuire) and Janet Terrell all advancing to the state meet.
Wallace reported Terrell had the most success at state.
The road to the regional title wasn’t easy.
The Russells fought nerves in the first match against Amiyah Brown and Haylee Smoak from Lincoln-Kildare, but the girls won in two sets 6-3, 6-0.
“The girls were a little nervous at the start,” Hall said. “But then they started playing the way they are capable of. They did a tremendous job.”
The Russells then defeated Jordan Jackson and Jessica Meguire from Farmersville, also in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

Bowie’s Meagan Russell and Myah Russell show off their gold medals in winning the Conference 3A Region 2 girls’ doubles tennis title on Tuesday along with Rabbits’ head coach David Hall. (Courtesy photo)