GHSA Tennis Roundup
Northgate boys move to Elite 8 in state playoffs
by Staff Reports
It may have been a long road to south Georgia for Northgate‘s boys tennis for the second-round of the GHSA Class AAAAA playoffs, but the trip didn’t stop them from reaching the Elite 8 for the second straight season.
The Vikings rolled to a 5-0 victory over Ware County while advancing to next Thursday’s state quarterfinals against Region 4-AAAAA rival Starr’s Mill at the Peachtree City Tennis center at 1:30 p.m.
The Vikings did their damage on Tuesday against Ware without dropping a set.
Hayden Victer, at No. 1 singles, defeated Jacob Highsmith 6-3, 6-3. C.J. Evans was forced to into a second-set tiebreaker, but won his match at No. 2 singles 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
Larry Sloan had to settled the first set in a tie breaker, but Northgate’s No. 3 singles player, beat Justin Brooks 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
Both Northgate doubles teams also won.
Cole Chenowith and partner Derek Kinsch defeated Grant Tison and Chandler Geidl, 6-2, 6-3. The Vikings’ No. 2 team of Austin Horvat and Bharath Shankar won 6-1, 6-3 over Malik Houis and Julius Veal.
NEWNAN LINEUPS ELIMINATED: Over consecutive days, Newnan tennis lineups had respective seasons come to an end in the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16 against programs from talent-rich Cobb County.
The Cougars ran into “a fire-breathing dragon” on Monday in a 5-0 loss to North Cobb while a deep Lady Cougars lineup also was shutout by Region 4-AAAAAA opponent Kennesaw Mountain.
”I thought both teams had a great year,” said Newnan coach Hap Hines. “Our goal this year was to advance [in the state playoffs] and we did that. I’m definitely very happy with the progress we made.”
Newnan loses only two girls and two boys players off this year’s roster to graduation. They include Cougars doubles players Will Vineyard and Kaelin Bridges and Lady Cougars tandem Emma Fuchs and Abbie Gordon.
Fuchs was part of two region champions and two region runner-up girls teams before ending her career in the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16.
”We set out to advance and we did,” Hines said. “I hope we can continue this next year.”
EAST COWETA TEAMS FALL AFTER ADVANCING TO SWEET 16: East Coweta’s boys ended a successful 2013 season in the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs with a 5-0 loss to Kennesaw Mountain.
The Indians, who finished as the No. 3 seed in 3-AAAAAA, advanced with a 5-0 win over Alcovy last week. Winners in singles included Saeyun Lee (6-2, 6-2), Moises Escabar (6-2, 4-6, 7-5) and Daniel Murillo (6-4, 6-1).
Doubles winners consisted of Andy and Oliver Truong (6-0, 6-0) and Mitchell Corley and Jean-Baptiste Bozzetto (6-2, 5-5 - retired).
East Coweta’s girls also had its season end in the second round in a 5-0 loss to Lowndes.
The Lady Indians advanced into the Sweet 16 last week with a 4-1 win over Luella.
Singles winners for East Coweta against the Lady Lions were Allie Shell (6-4, 1-6, 6-3) and Priscilla Truong (6-1, 6-0). Doubles lineups of Atera Williams and Rachel Weimorts (6-1, 6-3) and Gillian Revoir and Anna Hall (6-1, 5-7, 6-4) won matches.