Lady Canes take title
by David Royal
Apr 18, 2014 | 853 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Notch another state playoff appearance for the boys and girls high school tennis teams at Cartersville after the girls placed first and the boys second in their region tournament held at Dellinger Park on Thursday.

Head coach Melissa Moore said the teams will entertain their state playoff opponents at Dellinger Park next week with times and opponents announced later.

The Lady Purple Hurricanes won the Region 5-AAA title with a 14-0 record and they are 19-1 overall.

Moore was pleased with the performance of the girls this season.

“In the regular season our girls exceeded expectations,” Moore said. “We probably had one of the hardest working group of young ladies I’ve had to work with.”

She said three freshmen contributed to the team’s success “immeasurably.”

“They worked really hard this year,” Moore said. “All our players understood the concept of team. They worked well together and were extremely coachable.”

She said Mallory Walker, a senior, served as its leader all season.

“Mallory was able to really rally the girls,” Moore said. “She was one of the hardest workers on the team. She’s one of those players who never gives up and works really hard.

“I think the thing about this team is the fact that the girls never gave up. The entire season they played their heart out, every game, every set and every match.”

She said Coahulla Creek was a tough opponent Thursday evening.

“We knew Coahulla Creek would be a major hurdle,” she said. “We’d beaten them twice in the regular season and knew they were out to defeat us. Our girls had to be on their best game. Coahulla Creek has a strong, young team and just one senior. They were ready to make it difficult.”

She said two young players in particular stood tall for Cartersville.

“In the girls’ final, Kinley King won her first set, 6-4, and was down 0-5 in the second,” the coach said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. She was able to win 7-5 in two sets.

“Also, Taylor Riddle just blew us away. She lost the first set 4-6 and came back to win the second 6-4 and third 6-1. She battled for every point. We are so proud of her. She and Kinley are strong freshmen.”

Coahulla Creek 3, Canes 1

The Cartersville boys will be going to state as the No. 2 seed in their region after falling to Coahulla Creek on Thursday, 3-1.

Moore said the Purple Hurricanes, who also finished No. 2 in the regular season, will host a playoff game next week.

Cartersville fell to Coahulla Creek at the No. 3 singles line, where Elliott Smith was defeated 1-6, 1-6; No. 1 doubles line, where Avery Andrews and Nathan Slocum lost 2-6, 1-6; and the No. 2 doubles line, where Adam Harper and Christian O’Dell were defeated 1-6, 1-6.

Cartersville’s Noah Daniel won 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 singles line.

Moore said Coahulla Creek, which finished first in the regular season, lived up to its seeding.

“They are a very strong team,” she said.

The coach said a number of Canes contributed to their successful season.

“I gave a lot of credit to Noah and Elliott,” she said. “They both worked on and filled out our roster and made great contributions.”

Moore said the boys team, like the girls team, had great leadership.

“Corey Tobin is such a great team player in whatever sport he’s playing,” she said. “He’s a natural leader. We couldn’t have done it without his efforts. He is such a great presence.”

Moore said coaches now will work with players on their game. “We have some tweaking to do based on what we saw at the region tournament. We know we’ll be ready for the first round, especially with how they played today.”

She said she is pleased with the seasons for both teams.

“It’s a great feeling to see all the hard work they put in all season and to see it come to fruition,” Moore said. “I don’t think we could be prouder of the kids.”