Four Aces

Wilson, Smith, Cogdill, Fincher comprise rare quartet

Take a bow, Marty Durand.

The William Blount High School tennis coach outdid himself recently, attending ceremonies at the school where four of his former players signed National Letters of Intent to continue with the sport in college.

“That’s pretty cool,” Durand said. “It really didn’t sink in until (former Lady Governor) Megan (Wilson) said, ‘Are they going to do something about our signing?’”

You bet.

Wilson, 86-32 at Nos. 1 and 2 singles during her William Blount career, is headed to Carson-Newman College this fall. Lady Governor teammate Allie Smith, an impressive 12-3 during her senior season this spring, is on her way to Tennessee Wesley College.

Smith won’t have to look far for a familiar face in Athens. William Blount co-captain Taylor Cogdill, 57-36 as a Governor, also signed with the Bulldogs. Completing a very rare signing quartet, Governor co-captain Josh Fincher, 62-28 in singles at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, inked a letter of intent with prestigious Tyler (Texas) Junior College, a proving ground where many of the nation’s Division I programs go looking for quick and ready talent.

“That’s pretty significant,” Durand said. “It was a good year.”

If this was a good year, we would love to see a great one. Honest.

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