High School Tennis

Salyards helps Lady Vikings cap sweep of county foes

While there’s no official county tennis tournament in Coweta County, Northgate’s girls can claim bragging rights today over their closest rivals thanks to Mary Salyards’ efforts after a 3-2 victory over East Coweta on Wednesday at home.

It completed a split between county lineups as the Indians used a sweep in doubles play and a victory by Mitchell Corley at No. 3 singles to defeat the Vikings in a similar 3-2 decision.

The Lady Vikings’ victory, which came on the heels of Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Newnan, saw Salyards battle through muscle cramps for a 4-6, 6-2, 12-10 tiebreaking victory over Gillian Revior.

Northgate’s girls, which continue a string of three matches over consecutive days this afternoon against Creekside, also swept in doubles play including a 6-1, 6-0 decision by Lauren Handley and Sydney Wells at the No. 2 position over East Coweta’s Nicole Tansey and Leondra Head.

Handley and Wells were coming off a 7-5, 7-5 victory that helped clinch Tuesday’s match over Newnan.

In No. 1 doubles play, Sarah Edmonds and Sarah Guilot earned a 6-1, 6-1 decision over East Coweta teammates Raelee Heinz and Taylor Morris.

The Lady Indians picked up their wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles including a gutsy 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 11-9 effort at the top spot by Priscilla Truong over Northgate’s Danielle Rankin.

Jasmine Keiler defeated Lady Viking Hayley Hasberger 6-2, 6-4 in No. 2 singles.

East Coweta, which awaits a showdown with Newnan’s boys on April 1 to potentially decide the No. 1 seed in the Region 3-AAAAAA tournament, grabbed a share of bragging rights against the Vikings on Wednesday.

The Indians swept doubles action led by Andy and Oliver Truong’s 6-0, 6-3 effort at the No. 1 position over Northgate’s team of Daniel Blocker and Alex Waldron.

At No. 2 doubles, Seth Belcher and Chandler Smith held off Vikings Andrew Kelley and Peyton Thomas 7-6, 6-2.

Much like East Coweta’s girls, Northgate’s boys also captured wins at the top-two singles positions. Larry Sloan defeated Indian Matt Byers 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 singles while Cole Chenowith defeated Moises Escobar 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 position.

In exhibition matches, Lady Vikings Sadie Proctor and Lauren Schexnayder defeated Michelle Kim and Juanna Nguyen 8-0. In boys play, East Coweta’s Adrian Goncervericz defeated Viking Nathan Potter 8-1.

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