Prep Tennis: Local teams continue to battle in early seasonFrom Staff Reports
Newnan tennis teams can definitely say they’ve been tested heading into today’s Region 3-AAAAAA opener at Douglas County.
On Wednesday, both lineups went toe-to-toe with McIntosh in a pair of tough losses including a 3-2 decision by the Lady Chiefs over Newnan’s girls in a match where both doubles lines each ended in 8-6 losses.
“McIntosh was tough. Karen Smith runs a fantastic program over there and you’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” said Newnan head coach Hap Hines. “Our kids played hard and I’m real proud of them. This year we’re trying to play a tough schedule to prepare for the region tournament. Our motto this year is we want to advance at state.”
Both teams were coming off a weekend where they posted at least one victory at the Peachtree City Invitational. Newnan’s girls defeated East Coweta 4-1 while the Cougars opened with a win over Heritage-Conyers.
Griffies went the distance in her match with ended in an 8-8 (10-6) tiebreaking victory while Davis won 8-3 to give the Lady Cougars their other win. Carly Griffies fell 8-4 at No. 2 singles for Newnan’s girls.
Doubles team of Lollie Davis and freshman Lindley Hudson at the No. 1 spot, as well as Ansley Knight and senior Abbie Gordon at the No. 2 position, each battled before falling 8-6.
The Cougars proved no slouches either, despite losing its match to the Chiefs 4-1. Newnan’s boys won at least two games in every match including a 8-8 (10-7) tiebreaker loss at No. 1 doubles by Stewart Rand and Bennett Souter, who was moved up in the lineup in the absence of Will Vineyard.
Mikey Miller earned a 8-3 victory at No. 3 singles for Newnan while both William Ballou and Landon Goolsby played tough at their respective lines. Ballou tried to extend his match before falling 8-5 at No. 1 singles while Goolsby was defeated 8-4 at the No. 2 position.
Sam Thomas and Jason Bervaldi lost 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.
East Coweta teams open Region 3-AAAAAA play today at Westlake, which captured last year’s boys title in 2-AAAAA.
The Indians took a 2-2 record into this week after posting wins against Spalding and Whitewater, the latter in Saturday’s tournament. Daniel Murillo and Moises Escobar won singles matches against Whitewater while doubles teams of Andy and Oliver Truong and Mitchell Corley and Jean Baptiste Bozzetto swept in doubles.
East Coweta’s boys ended the tournament with a tough 3-2 loss to Norcross.
The Lady Indians’ No. 2 doubles team of Priscilla Troung and Gillian Revoir won 6-2, 6-4 in Saturday’s loss to Newnan.