Prep Tennis: Northgate pulls off 'landmark victory' over McIntoshFrom Staff Reports
When it counted most, Northgate’s boys doubles tennis teams pulled out a pair of victories to give the Vikings a 3-2 win over Region 4-AAAAA rival McIntosh in what head coach Justin Crews called “a landmark victory” to open league play.
It also came with Northgate playing pro sets for the first time this season in a match that started late.
The Vikings’ match came down to doubles play after their No. 1 singles player Hayden Victer beat sophomore Corrie Pickering 8-3.
Northgate’s No. 1 tandem of Cole Chenowith and Derek Kinsch first evened the match. Trailing 7-5 with the Chiefs on the cusp of victory, the duo rallied for a 9-8 victory after dominating the tiebreaker 7-3.
With the match leaning on the No. 2 doubles match, Vikings Austin Horvat and Bharath Shankar held strong for a 8-6 victory to clinch the win.
McIntosh, which picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, was coming off Wednesday’s win over Newnan at home.
The Lady Chiefs, meanwhile, were too strong at the top-two singles lines as well as No. 1 doubles in a 3-2 win over the Lady Vikings.
Northgate’s girls picked up an 8-3 win from Hayley Hasberger at No. 3 singles as well as a 9-7 victory by Laura Bowen and Mary Salyards at No. 2 doubles.
NEWNAN OPENS REGION WITH PAIR OF 5-0 SWEEPS: Newnan tennis teams dominated respective Region 3-AAAAAA openers on Thursday at Douglas County in impressive fashion.
The Lady Cougars gave up just one game to the Lady Tigers over its first four lines and added a tiebreaker win from Claire Hanna and Ellie Waters at No. 2 doubles.
Sisters Gray Griffies and Carlie Griffies each won 8-0 at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively and Newnan’s No. 1 doubles team of Lollie Davis and Lindley Hudson also posted a shutout win.
Caroline Davis easily won her match at No. 3 singles 8-1.
The Cougars were just as strong in their 5-0 victory over Douglas County led by a well-played 8-4 victory by William Ballou at No. 1 singles.
Landon Goolsby added an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles while both Stewart Rand and Newnan’s top doubles team of Will Vineyard and Mikey Miller each posted 8-0 shutouts.
Matt Paschal and Kaelin Bridges earned a 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles.
In exhibition play, a Lady Cougars doubles team of Srushti Patel and Kaitlyn Hewett won 8-2.
East Coweta lineups also opened 3-AAAAAA play at Westlake on Thursday. Scores were unavailable at deadline.