• Wallace State women’s tennis finishes season 17th in nation

    Wallace State women’s tennis finishes 17th in nation

  • Wallace State women’s tennis begins play at nationals

    Wallace State women’s tennis begins play at nationals

  • Wallace State’s women’s tennis team finishes ACCC runner-up

    Wallace State’s women’s tennis teams finishes ACCC runner-up

  • Wallace State women’s tennis stays unbeaten in ACCC match play

    Wallace State women’s tennis stays unbeaten in ACCC match play


Women’s Tennis

Under the guidance of coach Tony Franklin and assistant Tim Garner, Wallace State’s women’s tennis team finished as the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) runner-up in 2019 and made a second straight trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Championships. The Lady Lions also finished 20th in the final NJCAA Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

img_9431        2019-wallace-state-womens-tennis-team

The Lady Lions went undefeated during regular season ACCC matches, prevailing against Snead State, Marion Military Institute, Coastal Alabama and Central Alabama. The women also notched match wins against non-conference foes including Itawamba, East Central Mississippi, Meridian CC and Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Wallace State ultimately finished as the ACCC runner-up and advanced to the NJCAA Division I Championships in Tyler, Texas, finishing 17th overall in the nation.

Nicole Barron, Haley Putman, and Crissy Cruz earned first-round singles wins at nationals in 2019. Sophomore Mary Ann Wolfe and freshman Emily Perry earned a first-round doubles win at nationals.

Wolfe and Martha Ann Lucas made up Wallace State’s sophomore class. Barron, Putman, Cruz, Perry, Maggie Taylor and Kailee Upchurch made up the freshmen.

During the 2017-2018 season, Wallace State’s women’s tennis team also made an impact in the classroom, finishing with a collective 3.41 GPA. Ennis and Emily Wilson achieved NJCAA All-Academic individual honors.

Before the Wallace State tennis programs were discontinued in 2004, they accounted for four of the seven NJCAA national titles earned by Wallace State athletics and won multiple conference championships. The men’s program won NJCAA Division II titles in 1995 and 1996 and the women in 1995 and 1999.

Franklin has been around the game his entire life. He played tennis at Sulligent High School and played collegiately at the former Brewer State College (now Bevill State) in Fayette and Huntingdon College in Montgomery. He earned his master’s degree at Auburn University – Montgomery.

Before inheriting the Wallace State post, Franklin spent was the tennis coach at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, where he coached both the boys’ and girls’ programs throughout his career.

Garner served as the assistant coach for the third straight season.

For more information, contact:

Tony Franklin, Wallace State’s Women’s Tennis Coach 
Phone: 256.352.7836 or 256.496.2148