MBA tennis team, guests face stern tests at Francis Carter Invitational

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 9:25pm

Seven teams will compete in the annual Francis Carter Invitational tennis tournament, which opens 8 a.m. Friday. with first and second-round singles on the Montgomery Bell Academy courts.

“From what I’ve heard and seen, I think Memphis University School, (Chattanooga) Baylor and MBA appear to have the best chance of winning,” Tom Boysen, MBA’s second-year coach, said.

Boysen guided his first MBA team to the DII state title last May.

“MUS may have the most talented team, but they are young, and, of course Baylor is always very good,” Boysen, who served as an assistant at Vanderbilt for five years under coach Ian Duvenhage before taking the MBA job, said.

MBA finished in sixth place in the DecoTurf national tournament in Louisville in March, then placed third earlier this month in the Rotary Invitational in Chattanooga behind winning Baylor and one point behind runner-up St. Xavier (Ky.)

Four of the teams from that event will be in Nashville for the Carter. The field includes MUS, Baylor, McCallie, St. Xavier, University School of Jackson, Knoxville Webb and host MBA.

The Big Red lineup includes just one senior, Palmer Campbell, who has played on two straight state championship teams.

The ace is junior Aaron Jumonville. Palmer plays No. 2.

“The two of them play very close matches in practice,” Boysen said.

Juniors Andrew Graham and Andrew Karpos play Nos. 3 and 4 singles, respectively, then sophomores Kalyan Chadalavada and Fred Harwell round out the lineup for MBA (9-4).

Singles finals begin 8 a.m. Saturday followed by doubles semifinals, then finals, which conclude the tournament at about 3 p.m.

Saturday is also alumni day at MBA, which will find alums playing the JVs in baseball and lacrosse.