High School Tennis

Newnan tennis teams sweep following top-three finishes at Marietta

Fresh off solid efforts that produced top-three finishes at last weekend’s annual Marietta Invitational, Newnan tennis team breezed through easy victories over Sandy Creek in a final tuneup for the start of Region 3-AAAAAA play on Tuesday.

The Lady Cougars, who finished second to Wheeler in Marietta, dominated a 4-1 victory that included several younger standouts in the starting lineup including freshman Olivia Dumas at No. 1 singles.

Newnan’s boys, following a third-place finish in Marietta that included an upset victory in tournament play over North Cobb Christian, continued to gain momentum with a 5-0 shutout of Sandy Creek.

“We came out of there a whole lot better,” said Newnan tennis coach Hap Hines of the tournament.

The Cougars, who picked up victories from singles players Landon Goolsby and Mikey Miller to close the Marietta event in a 3-2 loss to Wheeler, picked up an easy win over Sandy Creek on Monday with both standouts scoring 8-0 efforts against respective No. 2 and No. 3 singles opponents.

At No. 1 singles, William Ballou continued a surge of his own with an 8-3 win.

Newnan’s boys also dominated doubles play. Stewart Rand and Bennett Souter won 8-0 at the No. 1 position while Thomas Touchstone and Jasen Robeson earned a 8-1 decision to cap off the sweep.

Rand also joined Rob Estes for an 8-2 victory in a challenge match.

In girls action, Dumas and Ansley Knight captured singles victories for the Lady Cougars at respective No. 1 and No. 2 positions, winning 8-2 and 8-1.

Newnan also swept doubles matches in 8-1 decisions from Claire Hanna and Kaitlyn Hewitt as well as Elizabeth Cobb and Srushti Patel.

At No. 3 singles, Ellie Waters dropped an 8-5 decision.

Over the weekend, sisters Gray and Carly Griffies helped lead the Lady Cougars to a runner-up finish with regulars Caroline Davis, also at singles, and Mollie Davis and Emily Ferguson in doubles.

The team opened Saturday with a victory over Norcross before falling 5-0 to Wheeler.

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