Region 4-AAAAA Tennis

Northgate adds another first, sends both teams to state

by Staff Reports

Northgate’s tennis program added yet another first on Wednesday.

Both of the school’s 2013 lineups advanced to the GHSA tournament after the Lady Vikings wrapped up a third-place finish in their host Region 4-AAAAA tournament.

The effort came two days after Northgate’s boys finished fourth in 4-AAAAA to make their first return trip to the state tournament.

On Wednesday, the Lady Vikings finished 2-1, opening with a win over Ola to clinch a postseason berth and closing with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Union Grove in the third-place match.

Hayley Hasberger’s marathon 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 10-7 third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles provided the difference in earning the No. 3 seed against Union Grove. Northgate’s girls also picked up wins from top singles player Danielle Rankin (6-1, 6-1) and its No. 1 doubles team of Amy Salyards and Avery Weatherford (7-6/7-5, 6-4).

The Lady Vikings’ only loss came to top-seeded Starr’s Mill in a shutout where Northgate’s players won no more than a single game in a set.

The team was coming off a 3-1 victory to open the tournament against Ola that clinched a berth in next week’s Class AAAAA state tournament. Both Northgate teams will play opponents from 1-AAAAA.

Earning victories against Ola were Rankin at No. 1 singles 7-5, 6-1, Lauren Handley at No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-4. The Lady Vikings’ No. 2 doubles team of Laura Bowen and Mary Salyards clinched the victory with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Newnan and East Coweta tennis teams travel to Douglasville today for the Region 3-AAAAAA tournament. The Lady Cougars and Lady Indians will open today’s first round.


More Sports

High School Football

Crusaders cap off regular season with win

Central Christian began this week with the news that its 8-man football program had earned a No. 3 ranking among 117 programs nationally, th ... Read More


High School Football

Cougars continue to claw back in playoff hunt

Newnan recorded consecutive wins for the first time this season as the Cougars blew out Pebblebrook 35-6 on senior night at Drake Stadium. S ... Read More


High School Football

Hawks win, Lions fall as teams prepare for showdown

The Heritage School and Trinity Christian went in opposite directions in the GISA Region 1-AAA standings on Friday, but each program was lef ... Read More


High School Volleyball

Lady Lions keep hopes alive; Heritage falls

Trinity Christian's hopes of winning a fourth-state GISA state volleyball title are alive and well today after sweeping Young Americans foll ... Read More


High School Football

Indians avenge loss to Tigers, stay on course for playoffs

East Coweta found out last night that sometimes in football a team’s ability to adjust can lead to a win. The Indians scored three tim ... Read More

High School Softball

Lady Vikings finish a win shy of return to quarterfinals

All good things have to come to an end. Northgate's softball team found out the hard way on Thursday night in Game 3 of its second-round GHS ... Read More