@White=[C] Cartersville boys, girls win at nets
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The Cartersville girls and boys high school tennis teams picked up their second region wins in as many days against North Murray Wednesday.

The girls team won 5-0 while the boys claimed a 4-1 victory. Both teams are 3-0 in their region.

“I’m proud of our teams,” coach Melissa Moore said. “They are exemplary when it comes to sportsmanship and they are improving their games.”

In girls action, Darian DeFrench defeated her No. 1 singles opponent 6-0, 6-0.

“Darian dominated in her event again,” Moore said.

At the No. 2 and No. 3 slots, Mallory Walker and Maddi McGinnis both claimed 6-0, 6-0 victories as well.

At the No. 1 doubles position, Charleston Fox and Annabeth Fox overpowered their opponents, 6-0, 6-2. At the No. 2 doubles slot, Haley Landrum and Kendyl Westmoreland won 6-0, 6-0.

The girls played their matches at North Murray.

In boys tennis action at Murray County High School, Trevor Gotkowski led the way at the No. 1 singles position, defeating his opponent 6-0, 6-0.

Moore said Gotkowski helps the team with more than his racket.

“He’s such a great leader,” she said. “He’s such an amazingly strong player. He uplifts his teammates. That’s something you don’t see that often.”

At the singles No. 2 position, Nathan Slocum had a evening-long battle before subduing his foe 6-4, 7-6, winning the second match with a 7-3 tiebreaker.

Moore said Slocum had his hands full and had to find a way to win.

“I’m real proud of him,” she said. “He had strong ground strokes and he’s coming into his own as a singles player. He’s just a sophomore. He played last year a few times at the No. 3 position. Now we have him at the No. 2 slot. He’s coming into his own at that position and he’s showing good strength and making progress.”

Drew Adsit earned the team’s third singles victory, overpowering his foe 6-0, 6-1.

At the No. 2 doubles position, Tyler Hill and Matthew Scott won 6-4, 6-2.

“They are really pulling it together as a doubles team for us,” the coach said.

Avery Andrews and Adam Harper fell 6-0, 5-7 at the No. 2 doublers slot.

“They had some stiff competition and improved in the second set. It was a learning experience for them,” she said. “Both boys and girls have a lot of time for reflection, seeing where their strengths are and we are building on that.”

Cartersville returns to the nets today when it entertains Ringgold. Matches are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at Dellinger Park.