Mallory Davis. freshman tennis player for Meridian Community College and former standout tennis player for Lafayette County High School, has been selected by the Mississippi Tennis Association as the recipient of the prestigious George Wilkinson Memorial Award.
Nominations are made through the MTA website; these nominations then go to a committee who selects the winners. The George Wilkinson Memorial Award is given to a male and female outstanding junior player who exemplifies the qualities of composure under physical stress and emotional discipline in recognition of their desire, integrity, perseverance, maturity (on and off the court), conduct and appearance. Mallory will travel to Jackson in January to receive this award.
“Mallory has had an outstanding start to her career here at Meridian Community College. She is playing number two doubles with partner Madison Gillette and number two or three singles. She is undefeated against junior college players in fall dual match play. She had a successful freshman appearance in the USTA/ITA Southern Region Championships. Her most recent success came this past weekend in a non-sanctioned tournament at the University of West Alabama. Mallory was the single’s finalist in the “B” draw which saw players from UWA, the University of West Georgia and MCC compete. “Although I am quite impressed with Mallory’s tennis, I am equally impressed with the person that she is. She handles herself extremely well on the court. She is very competitive and certainly plays hard, but she conducts herself like a champion both on and off the court,” stated Coach McPhail. “ I was and am still very excited that she decided to become a MCC Eagle.”
Mallory has been playing tennis since she was about ten years old when her dad, an avid player himself, took her to the courts and started giving her lessons. She has played several junior tennis tournaments in her career and has played junior team tennis. Mallory was an outstanding success as a high school tennis player. As a senior at Lafayette County, she compiled a 22-6 record and as a junior, she went 19-2. “While playing for her high school, she played every position while leading the team to the North half finals,” according to her high school coach, Debbie Swindoll. Coach Swindoll further states, “Mallory is an extremely hard-worker and is very dependable. “The family support she has received over the years has helped Mal reach this potential,” added Coach Swindoll. Mallory is a two time State 4A Mixed Doubles’ Champion and was selected to the Mississippi High School All Stars.