Canes’ tennis teams split against Wheeler
by David Royal
Feb 20, 2014 | 662 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville stepped up three divisions to get an early look at playoff-level competition in high school tennis play Wednesday.

Head coach Melissa Moore said her boys and girls teams got that as well as a split against Wheeler, which plays in Region 5-AAAAAA.

The Lady Canes decisioned Wheeler, 3-2, while the boys took a 5-0 loss.

Mallory Walker picked up a win at the singles No. 1 position, defeating Teanna Briscoe, 6-2, 6-1, while Mattie McGinnis fell 6-1, 6-3, to Neghana Sridhar at the singles No. 2 slot. At the singles No. 3 position, Kenly King handled Aliyah Auerbach, 6-2, 6-1, for Cartersville.

In doubles play, Annabeth and Charleston Fox were edged by Emily Blakely and Emily Moore, 6-4, 7-6, at the No. 1 line. The Lady Canes picked up their third win at the doubles No. 3 line as Kendyl Westmoreland and Haley Landrum outscored Trisha Ranakrishnan and Linda Zhou, 7-5, 6-3.

Moore said her doubles team winners played up to their ability.

“Kendyl and Haley played very well for us,” she said. “They communicated well and worked their angles. Haley’s serves were terrific and they were very excited about this win.”

She also praised the play at the singles No. 3 line.

“Kenly King is continuing to show a lot of strength and good form when she plays. She’s definitely a huge team player.”

Moore said the Lady Canes once again are able to look to the No. 1 singles player for strong play and direction.

“Mallorie is our backboard,” she said. “She’s a very focused player.”

Moore said starting 2-0 is a good beginning for the girls.

“I’m proud of all of them. The weather hasn’t helped but we have 15 more matches before region. We’re looking forward to the matches and the practices as we improve our skills.”

Moore said Wheeler’s boys team appears to have one of its more competitive squads.

“Our guys struggled because Wheeler is a strong team,” she said.

She added that the Cartersville boys left their game on the courts.

“Our guys persevered and never gave up,” Moore added. “We’re very proud of them for that.”

She said Cartersville knows it will always taking on a challenge when it lines up to play against Wheeler, but added that is the reason the schools meet on the courts.

“We scheduled Wheeler because it gives us an opportunity to see what our strengths and weaknesses are,” Moore said.

She added that will prove useful to her as she makes decisions about the boys team’s lineup.

“We’re still moving people around, trying different combinations,” she added.

Cartersville returns to the courts today to play Ringgold. Matches start at 4:30 p.m. at Dellinger Park.