The Adairsville boys and Woodland girls tennis teams each played tough consolation matches in their respective region tournaments Thursday, but each came up short to finish as a No. 4 seed for the upcoming GHSA state tournaments.
Not only did both Bartow County squads fall by identical 3-1 scores but also each received their lone wins from Line 1 doubles. For Adairsville, Cody Kimbrough and Landon Swanson teamed up for a 7-5, 6-2 win over Sonoraville, while Woodland's Emma Savage and Eryn Gentry topped Hiram by a 6-1, 6-3 margin.
"I’m beyond proud of all of my girls and their efforts today," Woodland coach Beth Heath said via text. "They left everything they had on the courts."
The Wildcats dropped lines 1 and 3 in singles action in three-set heartbreakers at Rome Tennis Center. Breanna Shook won her first set and Kayla Gayles was victorious in the second before ultimately coming up short.
Line 2's Becky Wesley had overcome a first-set defeat to lead 4-2 in the third set of her match, when Hiram clinched the win and pulled its final competitor. The Line 2 doubles pairing of Abigail Spaulding and Monterya Morrow hung tough but fell 6-3, 6-4.
"I had to remind my girls and myself that we returned only 2 starters from last year’s team," Heath said. "This was a 'rebuilding' year, and we still came in top four in our region. ... We will be stronger and better next year."
In Calhoun, Adairsville suffered straight-set losses across the three singles lines. However, Jack Bates (3-6, 5-7), Cameron O'Neal (4-6, 2-6) and Oak Hemby (3-6, 4-6) all fought valiantly. When Sonoraville sealed the matchup, Tristin Alford and Zach Ogle had just forced a decisive third set on Line 2 doubles.
As Region 7-AAAA's No. 4 seed, Woodland will travel to the winner of Region 6-AAAAA for a first-round matchup. Meanwhile, Adairsville, the fourth seed out of Region 6-AAA, will head on the road to face the Region 7-AAA champion in the opening round.
Matches in the first round of the state tournament must be completed by next Thursday.