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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 during the 2018 season.
Women’s tennis made a considerable jump in the conference in just their second season since the program was reinstated to the athletics slate.
The Lady Lions prevailed in five of their first six matches in 2018 and earned conference wins throughout against Snead State, Marion Military Institute and Coastal Alabama.
Wallace State ultimately finished as the ACCC runner-up and made an appearance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I in Waco, Texas. The Lady Lions finished 20th overall in the nation.
Wallace State was paced all season by sophomores Kelsi Wilson, Emily Graves, Emily Wilson, Tempie Ennis and Molly Whitlock and freshmen Mary Ann Wolfe and Martha Ann Lucas.
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, 57, 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 26 seasons as 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 second straight season.
For more information, contact:
Tony Franklin, Wallace State’s Women’s Tennis Coach
Phone: 256.352.7836 or 256.496.2148