Prep Tennis

Newnan able to hold off East Coweta ... this time

by Staff Reports

Round one went to Mikey Miller and the Newnan Cougars tennis team on Wednesday.

Miller outdueled East Coweta’s Daniel Morillo for the clinching victory at No. 3 singles as Newnan’s boys held off the Indians 3-2 in a battle for the No. 2 seed in next week’s Region 3-AAAAAA tournament at Hunter Memorial Park in Douglasville.

“He gutted it out. But we know we’re going to see them again and those two may decide it again,” said Newnan head coach Hap Hines. “I expect it’s going to be a toss up next time as well. [East Coweta’s] Scott Smith is a great coach. While I’m still out coaching football, I know he’s working with some of those kids ... mine too.”

With defending Class AAAAA runner-up Westlake holding down the No. 1 seed, next week’s boys semifinals may find both the Cougars and Indians matching up again for a home-court advantage in the state playoffs.

Wednesday’s regular season match at Newnan during the school’s “Cougars For A Cure” fund-raiser effort saw East Coweta sweep doubles matches and the host Cougars win all three lines among singles. Also earning wins for Newnan’s boys were William Ballou and Landon Goolsby.

Meanwhile, Newnan’s girls were dominating while wrapping up the No. 2 seed among girls in a 5-0 shutout over the Lady Indians.

Lady Cougar No. 1 singles player Gray Griffies held off East Coweta’s Allie Shell 8-4 in a tight match while Emma Fuchs and Abbie Gordon teamed at No. 2 doubles to defeat the Lady Indians’ tandem of Jillian Revoir and Anna Hall 8-3.

Newnan’s girls picked up 8-0 victories at No. 2 singles from Carlie Griffies over Raelee Heinz and its No. 1 doubles team of Lollie Davis and Lindley Hudson in a win over Rachel Weimorts and Atera Williams.

Caroline Davis had the Lady Cougars other victory, winning 8-1 at No. 3 singles over Priscilla Treung.

The Indians’ doubles teams were dominating on Wednesday, picking up 8-1 wins for East Coweta’s boys. A No. 1 team of Andy and Oliver Trueng defeated Newnan duo Stewart Rand and Will Vineyard while an Indians’ No. 2 pairing of Mitchell Corley and Jean-Baptute Bozzetto defeated Sam Thomas and Kaelin Bridges.

In singles, Newnan’s Will Ballou defeated Daeyun Lee 8-3 while Landon Goolsby held off East Coweta No. 2 player Moises Escabar 8-5.

Emily Ferguson and Ansley Knight added a victory in a doubles challenge match for Newnan.

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