Woodland netters fall to Heritage, Conyers
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The Woodland girls high school tennis team lost a heart breaker to Heritage of Conyers, 3-2, in the first round of the state tournament hosted by the Lady Wildcats.

“It was another nailbiter and my heart can’t take much more of these nailbiters,” Beth Heath, Woodland head coach, said at the contest.

The Lady Wildcats reversed the trend of recent weeks in which both of their doubles teams would win and they’d pick up a singles set for the decision.

This time Woodland’s No. 1 and No. 3 singles teams won but both doubles teams lost.

“We got beat in the third set at our No. 2 singles line by a score of 6-4,” Heath set. “We had split 2-2 going to that line.”

The coach said Woodland played hard but just didn’t get the desired result.

Woodland’s victories came in the No. 1 singles line, where Erin Marratta defeated Bianca Brown, 6-0, 6-1; and the No. 3 singles line where Katie Abernathy beat Logan Bouchillon, 6-3, 7-5.

At the No. 2 singles line Somalia Lewis lost to Alexis Smith, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6.

At the Line 1 doubles LeArian Turner and Susy Beltran fell, 3-6, 1-6, while at Line 2 doubles Karlie Abernathy and Alaina Ellis beat Leah Howard and Julie Roseberry, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6.

Heath said there was some excellent play on the courts.

“Erin Marratta brought it,” Heath said. “She played incredibly well. That’s some of the best tennis I’ve seen her play all season.”

She said Katie Abernathy once again turned in a solid performance.

“Katie has been my rock all season long,” she said. “She had a good challenge and pulled it out for us.”

She said all three singles players turned in tough performances.

“I thought we were going to win at singles 1, 2 and 3,” she said. “It just didn’t happen.”

Heath said the doubles teams were challenged and just couldn’t figure out how to walk off with victories.

But she said Woodland had a good season and is looking forward to next year.

“Our girls were incredible,” she said Tuesday night. “We’ve come so far since the beginning of the season. I told them before they played today, ‘You ladies have turned into tennis players this season [from the] bunch of athletes I had at the start of the year.’”

Heath said the Lady Wildcats are a young team, with one junior, one freshman and the rest sophomores and will be more mature the next go-around.

She said her goal at the start of the season was to finish at .500.

“We finished 11-8,” she said. “I can’t complain.”