High School Tennis

Indians fall in first round of tournament

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East Coweta senior Matt Byers volleys the ball back to his opponent during Wednesday’s Class AAAAAA state tournament match against Colquitt County. The Indians, who captured this year’s Region 3-AAAAA title, fell to the Packers in the first round to close the 2014 season. 


The 2014 tennis season came to an end Wednesday afternoon for East Coweta’s boys with a Colquitt County 5-0 in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

East Coweta finished the season with a 15-6 record, including winning the Region 3-AAAAAA title to earn a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.

But first round foes from 1-AAAAAA proved worthy, winning three of four matches against lineups from Coweta County.

“I think it was a very good season,” East Coweta head coach Scott Smith said. “We played some powerhouses early and won some big matches.”

The Indians managed to win just one set against the Packers as Seth Belcher and Chandler Smith jumped ahead in their No. 2 doubles match 6-3 before dropping the next two 0-6, 1-6.

The rest of the matches turned into straight set victories for the Packers.

Matt Byers fell in No. 1 singles 6-2, 7-6. The Indians senior appeared to have control of the second set after earning a service break and going up 4-1, but he couldn’t finish off the set that he eventually lost in a tiebreaker.

The Indians’ Mitchell Corley played the most competitive match at No. 2 singles but lost tiebreakers in both sets while losing 6-7, 6-7.

At No. 3 singles, senior Moises Escobar dropped a 4-6, 1-6 decision while twins Andy and Oliver Truong fell in No. 1 doubles 6-4. 6-2.

“This group as worked so hard. We are going to have a tough time replacing them,” Smith said of his seniors. “We have some eighth graders coming up who are supposed to be pretty good,” Smith said. “It will be a rebuilding year, but it goes in cycles.”

There may be some team tennis still in Corley’s future.

The Indians’ No. 2 singles player is weighing some options from some smaller colleges.

“He is really thinking about playing at the next level at a smaller school, and something could develop in the next couple of weeks,” Smith said.






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