Coach Melissa Moore said the Cartersville boys tennis team played without the services of Trevor Gotkowski, its No. 1 singles player, and bumped up its No. 2 player — Nathan Slocum — one slot and challenged one of its doubles players — Tyler Hill — to stand in at the No. 2 singles position.
Slocum lost 4-6, 2-6 while Hill won his matches 6-0, 6-0.
Moore said Slocum gave it his best shot but the challenge of playing against LFO’s No. 1 singles player was more than he could overcome Monday.
He said Hill used a combination of strong serves and good footwork to assure his victory.
She said Gotkowski missed the day due to an injury but is expected to return to the lineup soon.
Drew Adsit, who played at the No. 3 singles post, won 6-2 and then was ahead 3-0 when LFO forfeited the match.
At the No. 1 doubles position, Wyndham Laye and Matthew Scott won 6-1, 6-0, while Avery Andrews and Adam Harper won 5-7, 6-0 and 12-10 in the tie break at the No. 2 doubles slot.
Moore said Cartersville’s boys team “found out today they’d be moved around and every single one of them got for the challenge and played very hard.”
“Tyler Hill did a great job at the net for us,” Moore said. “Avery and Adam [at No. 2 doubles] dropped their first match but never game up and found a way to come back. Their opponents got them to match point but they came back and got the win. They played them point by point and did not let anything get in their way.”
Cartersville 5, LFO 0
In Cartersville girls singles play, No. 1 Darian DeFrench won 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Mallory Walker won 6-0, 6-0 and Maddi McGinnis claimed her match 6-0, 6-0.
At the No. 1 doubles position, Charleston Fox and Annabeth Fox also won 6-0, 6-0.
Ali Norwood and Sarah Vaughan took the No. 2 doubles match 6-0, 6-1.
The Cartersville girls are 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the region. The boys team is 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the region.
The tennis teams are scheduled to play Sonoraville today.
Excel girls 5, Woodland 0
Excel defeated Woodland 5-0 in girls high school tennis Monday.
Beth Heath said the Lady Wildcats, who hosted the contest, challenged the Lady Eagles but was unable to defeat their county foe.
Excel’s Miriam Hibbard defeated Erin Marratta 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 1 singles position while Le’Arian Turner was outpointed 6-3, 6-3, by Callaway Ford at the No. 2 position. Somalia Lewis was defeated 6-3, 6-0, by Caroline Moore.
In doubles play, Karlie Abernathy and Suzy Beltran lost to Tessa Thornbrough and Abby Keefe 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 1 line while in No. 2 doubles Woodland’s Valerie Glass and Bailey Guyton lost 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in the tiebreaker.
“I was extremely proud of my girls who played doubles,” Heath said. “In No. 2 doubles we had two girls who’d never played in their lives and they got beat in three sets.”
She said Woodland is missing Katie Abernathy, who is out with a twisted ankle.
“My lineup is having to change because of that,” she said. “Still, overall we played pretty well. They’re giving all they have and that’s all I can ask, to go out and play until the last point.”
The Woodland girls are scheduled to play East Paulding at East Paulding today while the boys are to host East Paulding at Woodland.
Wildcats 4, Eagles 1
In boys tennis play, Woodland earned a 4-1 victory.
In singles play, No. 1 Dustin Dodson defeated Cade Archer 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Brandon Rutledge fell to Sam Kirkland 6-4, 4-6, 2-6; No. 3 Bryce Webb overcame Simon Morris 6-2, 6-2.
In doubles No. 1 play, James Lester and Dominick Kim overpowered LaChaz Phillips and Vince DaCamara 6-0, 6-0., while in No. 2 doubles Grant Barker and Grayson Roberts defeated Michael Farris and Tyler Smith 6-1, 6-1.
“This is the strongest we’ve looked this season,” Woodland coach Kevin Tant said. “I’m very pleased with my guys for their performance.”