Booneville, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) - Brittney Rencher plans to extend her good fortune on the tennis courts to the collegiate level as she starts her career at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Rencher signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to become the first member of the Lady Tigers’ exceptional 2014-15 recruiting class.
“We’re looking forward to the additional assistance that Brittney will provide to us,” said Northeast head coach Ben Shappley. “Brittney specializes in doubles and we’re excited about the help she will give us. We have high hopes for her.”
Rencher was a founding member of Kossuth High School’s tennis program as a sophomore in 2012 and has started under the direction of coach Ginger Mattox for each year since then.
She and her partner Marlee Sue Bradley compiled a phenomenal 11-1 record during the 2014 regular season at No. 2 doubles. The duo led the Aggies to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 1, Class 3A championship.
Bradley and Rencher did not lose to a league opponent last campaign. The pair also claimed marquee victories against Baldwyn High School’s Alise McCreary and Dawn Jackson (6-1, 6-0) and versus Callie Tennyson and Brittany Ortiz of Tishomingo County High School (6-2, 6-2).
The combo was the runner-up in the girls double event at the MHSAA Division 1-3A Tournament to Kossuth teammates Rachel Winters and Taylor Heavener. Bradley and Rencher defeated Belmont High School’s Kristina Taylor and Olivia Wigginton 6-3, 6-4 to reach the title matchup.
Kossuth defeated North Pontotoc High School 5-2 in the opening round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs and hosted Cleveland East Side High School at Corinth’s Crossroads Regional Park in the quarterfinal round.
Bradley and Rencher downed the Trojans’ Olecia James and Chauntelle Hutton by a clean sweep of 6-0, 6-0 to help the Aggies advance to the state semifinals with a 5-2 triumph.
The colleagues faced South Pontotoc High School’s Lauren Heath and Haylee Finley in one of the best prep matches of the year in the Magnolia State. Bradley and Rencher took the first set 7-6, but lost the second 5-7 and the tiebreaker 3-10 to end the season in the MHSAA Class 3A North Half championship contest.
Bradley and Rencher qualified for the MHSAA Class 3A State Tournament as individuals and were ranked as the No. 9 overall seed. They faced Mooreville High School’s Myriam Sanders and Shelby Miller at the Ridgeland Tennis Center on May 1.
“It feels great. I want to bring a great sense of sportsmanship and just bring all I have and do the best I can,” Rencher said. “I’m very excited about the season and what everybody has in store.”
Rencher was heavily involved with multiple activities at Kossuth and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the Math and Science Club, the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society.
She also gives back to the community on a consistent basis by serving in a mentoring program, coordinating a blood drive at Kossuth and volunteering at the annual Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K Run.