Region 5-AAAA Tennis Tournament

Canes boys, girls to play for region championship

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The Cartersville boys and girls tennis teams will look to repeat as Region 5-AAAA champions, when they host LaGrange in the title tilts Thursday afternoon at Dellinger Park.

Both Canes teams advanced through Wednesday’s opening rounds to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament with relative ease to set up a rematch with the Grangers. The girls championship match will begin at 1:45 p.m. with the boys to follow.

Thanks to a first-round bye in the seven-team tournament, the No. 1-seeded boys needed just a semifinal victory over Central-Carroll to clinch a spot in the championship match. Meanwhile, the girls, who are the second seed, eliminated Sandy Creek and beat Cedartown to reach the finals.

Thursday’s matchups with LaGrange will feature the clear-cut two best teams on the girls and boys side. Not only did the teams face off in last year’s region championship matches but also met in a hard-fought, regular-season meeting just weeks ago.

Earlier this season, the programs produced a couple of thrilling 3-2 results with the Grangers coming out on top in the girls match and the Canes edging to victory on the boys side.

“Both teams played great today,” Cartersville head coach Brett Tolbert said. “[Thursday] will be a battle for the region championship. … Both teams want to repeat as region champs.”