Coahulla Creek finished off a 4-1 win over the Adairsville boys tennis team just weeks ago, but the Tigers got revenge when it mattered most.
For the first time since 2014, the Adairsville boys will be heading to the Class 3A state tournament after pulling off a 3-2 win in the opening round of the Region 6-AAA tournament on Wednesday at Calhoun.
“It is great that our program gets this opportunity,” Tigers head coach Michael Roberson said. “This has been a goal of the guys all year. Today, it came down to effort and believing it could happen.”
The Line 1 doubles combination of Landon Swanson and Cody Kimbrough dropped a hard-fought match after managing Adairsville’s only victory in the first matchup. Line 2’s Zach Ogle and Tristin Alford rallied from a 6-2 loss in the first set with dominant wins of 6-1 and 6-2 to land a three-set triumph.
In the regular-season meeting, the Colts swept the singles lines. On Wednesday, Cameron O’Neal produced a 6-3, 6-3 victory on Line 2 and Oak Hemby picked up a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win on Line 3 to clinch the playoff spot.
“Had huge wins by Line 2 doubles and the clinching match at Line 3 singles,” Roberson said. “We are very excited for this opportunity.”
Before the state tourney, though, Adairsville needs to learn its seeding. A 3-0 loss to No. 1 seed Calhoun, which is hosting the entire tournament, in the semifinals Wednesday afternoon means the fifth-seeded Tigers will face No. 3 seed Sonoraville in the third-place match at 11 a.m. Thursday.
The Adairsville girls had a chance to join the boys in punching a state tourney ticket, but the Tigers came up on the wrong side of the 4-5 seed matchup.
Whereas the Adairsville boys managed to turn around a regular-season setback, the girls fell by the same 3-2 margin to North Murray on Wednesday morning.
Adairsville cruised on lines 1 and 3 singles with Megan Smith (6-2, 6-1) and Madison Camp (6-0, 6-0) notching convincing wins. The Line 2 doubles team of Joie Bryant and Kate Faulk had the Tigers’ best opportunity to pick up the necessary third point, but the pairing lost in three sets after overcoming an opening-set defeat.