High School Tennis

Newnan sweeps Douglas County in 3AAAAAA opener

Newnan tennis teams were able to start the Region 3-AAAAAA schedule with respective victories with a sweep of Douglas County after taking momentum into Tuesday’s matches at home.

Lineups were coming off solid efforts that produced top-three finishes at last weekend’s annual Marietta Invitational and a sweep of Sandy Creek on Monday.

Against Douglas County, the Lady Cougars dominated a 5-0 win while Newnan’s boys earned a 3-1 effort over the Tigers in a matched called due to darkness after buses arrived late from Douglasville.

In Tuesday’s girls match, singles players Gray Griffies, Carly Griffies and Caroline Davis all won 8-0 decisions.

Newnan’s girls also swept doubles matches that featured teams of Olivia Dumas and Lollie Davis as well as Lindley Hudson and Emily Ferguson.

The Lady Cougars, who finished second to Wheeler in Marietta, dominated a 4-1 victory against Sandy Creek that included several younger standouts in the starting lineup including Dumas, a freshman, 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 heading into the region opener.

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

Against the Tigers, singles players Landon Goolsby and Mikey Miller earned respective 8-0 and 8-2 wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Top player William Ballou fell 8-5 after picking up wins both over the weekend and on Monday against Sandy Creek.

The Cougars capped off the win over Douglas County’s boys with an 8-2 victory at No. 2 doubles from Bennett Souter and Dalton Ayers.

Newnan’s No. 1 tandem of Stewart Rand and Sam Thomas led their match 3-2 when it was called.

In girls action against Sandy Creek on Monday, 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.

The girls opened the final day of the Marietta tournament with a victory over Norcross before falling 5-0 to Wheeler.

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