High School Tennis

Northgate teams win openers vs. Sandy Creek

After waiting two extra days to open the 2014 season due to rain, Northgate’s tennis teams officially began respective campaigns on Thursday with victories over Sandy Creek led by a shutout effort by the Lady Vikings.

Doubles teams of Sarah Edmonds and Sarah Guilot as well as Hayley Hasberger and Mary Salyards each earned 8-0 shutouts to lead Northgate’s girls.

The Vikings, meanwhile, won two of their three singles matches to go with a shutout win by No. 1 doubles tandem Daniel Blocker and Alex Waldron for a 3-2 victory over the Patriots.

Both teams will participate with East Coweta and Newnan in the Peachtree City Tournament starting today at the PTC Tennis Center. The Vikings open against Roswell at 6 p.m., while Lady Vikings face Sandy Creek again at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, Lady Vikings singles players Danielle Rankin, Ally Chenowith and Lauren Handley picked up victories in season debuts. Rankin defeated Kayla Triche at the No. 1 position 8-2 while Chenowith beat Johanna Holm 8-4. Handley capped off the sweep in third singles with an 8-1 victory over Rachel Wood.

Northgate’s girls also received exhibition wins from Sadie Proctor and Lauren Schexnayder (8-0) in doubles and Sydney Wells (8-1) in singles.

The Vikings’ top-two singles players, Larry Sloan at No. 1 and Cole Chenowith at No. 1, earned respective 8-1 and 8-2 victories. Northgate’s No. 3 singles player, Nate Taylor, dropped an 8-4 decision.

In doubles, a team of Andrew Kelley and Peyton Thomas nearly capped off a sweep for Northgate, but fell to Sandy Creek’s No. 2 duo of Joseph Alexander and Sam Beard in a 8-7 (9-7) marathon tiebreaker.








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