Tennis standout Davis signs with MCC

By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times

MATHISTON — May honors graduate and standout tennis player Molly Davis of East Webster High School signed with Meridian Community College last week in front of friends and family.

Davis, shortly before signing at EW’s Wood College campus, said that after she toured the MCC campus earlier this year she knew it was a perfect fit for her.

“I think I’m going to enjoy going to MCC and playing tennis there.” Davis said. “This is a great opportunity for me and I’m really glad to be able to keep playing tennis after high school.”

Meridian Community College tennis coach Wanda McPhail said she knew after watching Davis’ hard work on the tennis court combined with her scholastic achievements and school and community involvement that she was Eagle tennis material.

“She is a well-rounded student.” McPhail said. “We want someone who is well-rounded and will represent the college in a positive light. Molly is a wonderful young lady and will fit right into our program.”

Davis was a member of the East Webster Student Council, and served as class representative in 2009 and class secretary in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She was voted Class Cutest in 2011 and 2012. Davis was a part of the East Webster Homecoming Court in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

She was a member of the Biology Club, Spanish Club, Annual Staff, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the United States Tennis Association. She is an active member of Mantee Baptist Church.

Davis completed summer tennis league from 2009 to 2011. She helped the East Webster girls doubles place first at the Class 2A State Championship in 2009, and place second in 2011 and 2012.

McPhail is a coach who demands excellence and hard work on and off the court. Having signed former Wolverine Jessica Halterman, McPhail knew that Davis came from the East Webster athletics’ winning tradition and would have what it takes to help continue the MCC women’s tennis success.

“She is coming to a winning program from a winning program.” McPhail said.

Halterman and the rest of the women’s Eagle tennis team have received regional and national honors. In addition, McPhail has been inducted into the Mississippi Junior College Sports Hall of Fame and was named “Coach of the year” four times by the Mississippi Association of Tennis Coaches.

Under the leadership of McPhail, MCC’s men’s and women’s teams have qualified for their NJCAA national tournaments 10 consecutive years and finished nationally ranked in the top 15 teams numerous times.

“We’re going to miss Molly.” Wolverine tennis coach Pam Champion said. Champion added that she knew Davis would continue her success at Meridian Community College.

Davis is the third freshman MCC women’s tennis signee. She is the daughter of Mark and Gabby Davis of Cumberland.