Prep Tennis: Northgate, Newnan split on court
From Staff Reports
Northgate and Newnan tennis teams split a non-region match Tuesday, each in convincing fashion.
In boys action, Northgate won 5-0, while the Newnan girls also won 5-0.
Both matches had their share of marathons.
Among boys play, Northgate’s C.J. Evans and Newnan’s Landon Goolsby battled for three sets,and played for over two hours at No. 2 singles. Finally after dropping the first set, Evans was able to pull out the match, winning 6-7, (2-7), 7-6 (7-5) and 10-6 in the tie breaker despite suffering cramps in his hands.
Another match that lasted over two hours saw Newnan’s No. 1 doubles team of Lollie Davis and Ansley Knight hold off Northgate siblings Amy and Mary Salyards 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 10-8.
It was the first time this year the Lady Viking sisters have played together.
In other action among boys, Northgate’s Hayden Victer held off Cougar William Ballou (6-3, 6-3) at No. 1 singles. Larry Sloan added a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 3 position over Newnan’s Mikey Miller.
Northgate’s doubles teams also swept. Teammates Cole Chenowith and Derek Kinsch beat Stewart Rand and Will Vineyard 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in No. 1 doubles match that went to a tiebreaker in the second set.
The Vikings’ Austin Horvat and Bharath Shankar beat Sam Thomas and Bennett Souter (6-3, 6-3).
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The Lady Cougars, meanwhile, didn’t lose a set in singles action against the Lady Vikings.
Paced by siblings Gray and Carly Griffies, the Lady Cougars won at No.1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
Gray Griffies defeated Northgate’s Danielle Rankin (7-5, 6-3), while Carly Griffies beat Lauren Handley (6-3, 6-2).
Caroline Davis also won her match at No. 3 singles for the Lady Cougars. Davis took a straight-sets match against Hayley Hasberger (6-3, 6-1).
Newnan's Abbie Gordon and Emma Fuchs defeated Laura Bowen and Lauren Schexnayder 6-0, 6-2.
Newnan partners Emily Ferguson and Lindley Hudson also won a challenge match in girls play.
Jason Vervaldi and a doubles team of Dalton Ayers and Kenyan Woods won challenge matches for the Cougars.