High School Tennis

Indians fall in first round of tournament

alt

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.






More Sports

High School Basketball

Trinity boys rout Young Americans

Trinity Christian’s boys basketball team got a chance to rinse out the taste of a disappointing loss to Bethlehem Christian this week ... Read More


High School Swimming

County meet chance for bragging rights, state times

All three local high school swim teams have the same agenda tonight when they return to the Summit Family YMCA for the annual Coweta County ... Read More


High School Basketball

Northgate, Heritage, Trinity girls earn big victories

In a solid night for girls basketball around the county, Northgate put together its first winning streak of the season on Tuesday, while GIS ... Read More


HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

Northgate, Newnan finish among top five at 29-team Tribal Challenge

East Coweta hosted its largest field in history for Saturday’s ninth-annual Tribal Challenge held at the Summit Family YMCA in Newnan ... Read More


Local high school swimmers compete

East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate swimmers competed against well over a dozen schools during Saturday’s annual Tribal Challenge Meet, ... Read More

High School Basketball

Heritage School, Northgate girls earn victories

The Heritage School wrapped up a string of three impressive victories in GISA Region play last week by thumping Griffin Christian 56-17 on t ... Read More