Mykennah Allen and Alexis Halbrook, a historic Shelbyville High School tennis doubles team, both signed recently to continue playing at the collegiate level.
Allen and Halbrook made history last fall, winning 16 straight doubles matches as partners and finished their prep careers at the IHSA State Tournament. The duo finished the season with a 19-10 record.
The duo also made history as being the first Lady Ram tennis players to earn college scholarships and sign to play collegiately.
Mykennah Allen and Alexis Halbrook never played doubles before this year.
But they started putting it all together by taking 5th place at the Mattoon Invite in mid-September. They then went on a 14-match winning streak, finishing with a record of 17-6.
They went to advanced to sectional for the first time and won their first two matches, extending their streak to 16 matches and their record to 19-6. They lost the semifinal and the 3rd place match, but still finished in 4th place and reserved a spot at State.
Allen and Halbrook, who were seeded 4th at sectional, started with a bye. In the 2nd round, they beat Casey-Westfield’s #1 doubles team (Gladu/Cox), 6-4, 6-1. They followed up, beating Robinson’s #1 doubles team (Fuller/Buchanan), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. That win assured them of at least 4th place and a state berth.
Allen and Halbrook lost to #1 seed Kristen Doty and Kate Ervin(Mattoon), who went to state last year. Allen and Halbrook had recently beaten Doty and Ervin (33-3), at Shelbyville, 10-8. The Shelby duo then lost the 3rd place match to Kaiser and Stremming from Mattoon, 6-3, 7-5.
Halbrook signed with Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois, just north of Alton in the Metro-East Area of St. Louis. She will play both singles and doubles.
Halbrook was one of two Lady Rams with winning records in singles this year. Halbrook went 9-7 against higher singles. Her overall record (singles/doubles) was the team’s best 20-12.