High School Tennis
Newnan splits matches, prepares for region opener
by Chris Goltermann
Fresh off a trip to last weekend’s Peachtree City Tournament, Newnan tennis teams split matches at home with Spalding while preparing for respective Region 3-AAAAAA openers against Douglas County.
The Lady Cougars dominated a 5-0 victory while getting shutout efforts at No. 2 and No. 3 singles as well as No. 1 doubles.
In all, Newnan’s girls dropped just four games in the victory.
Carly Griffies and Caroline Davis posted 8-0 efforts in singles play while No. 1 player Gray Griffies won 8-2 in her match.
Newnan’s top doubles team of Olivia Dumas and Lollie Davis also won 8-0 while Emily Ferguson and Lindley Hudson combined for an 8-2 win at the No. 2 position.
In boys action, the Cougars dropped a 3-2 decision despite respective wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles by Landon Goolsby and Mikey Miller in marathon matches on a bitterly cold afternoon.
Goolsby outlasted his opponent 9-7 while Miller needed a tiebreaker for a 9-8 (10-2) decision.
Newnan’s No. 1 singles player, William Ballou, also battled deep into his match before falling 8-6. Doubles teams of Stewart Rand and Bennett Souter at the No. 1 position along with teammates Sam Thomas and Dalton Ayers at the No. 2 spot both lost 8-4.
Challenge matches included doubles wins from two Lady Cougar pairings. Elizabeth Cobb and Bailey Andrews combined for a 6-0 victory while Ansley Knight and Claire Hanna won 8-2.
In boys challenge matches, doubles lineups of Jasen Robeson and Thomas Touchstone as well as teammates Robert Estes and Matt Paschal each dropped 6-4 decisions.
NORTHGATE LINEUPS RETURN TUESDAY FOLLOWING WEEKEND EFFORTS: Northgate tennis teams resume Region 4-AAAAA play today at home against McIntosh after picking up victories during a busy weekend at the Peachtree City Tournament.
The Vikings went 1-2 while defeating Berkmar 4-1 and losing to strong lineups from Roswell and Heritage-Conyers.
Northgate’s girls went 1-1, shutting out Sandy Creek 5-0 on Friday and then losing to a tough lineup from Rockdale County on Saturday.
In a 4-1 victory over Berkmar, the Vikings picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, from Cole Chenowith (6-0, 6-0) and Nate Taylor (7-5, 3-6, 10-7), the latter in a three-set marathon.
Doubles teams of Daniel Blocker and Alex Waldron (6-1, 6-3) at the No. 1 position and Andrew Kelley and Peyton Thomas (6-0, 6-2) also won matches.
Girls winners in Friday’s shutout of Sandy Creek included Danielle Rankin (6-2, 6-1), Sarah Edmonds (6-0, 6-0) and Sarah Guilot (6-0, 6-0) in respective singles matches.
Lady Vikings doubles teams only yielded two games combined over a pair of victories from Lauren Handley and Sydney Wells (6-0, 6-0) at the No. 1 position and Sadie Proctor and Lauren Schexnayder (6-0, 6-2) at the No. 2 spot.