Cartersville stays perfect in tennis region records

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The Cartersville girls and boys high school tennis teams each moved to perfect 3-0 region records after defeating Northwest Whitfield at Dellinger Park on Wednesday.

The Purple Hurricanes took their matches, 4-1, while the girls turned in a dominating performance in claiming a 5-0 victory.

Melissa Moore, Cartersville head tennis coach, said coaches had to shift several players around because of a competing school event and other reasons.

The Cartersville boys won all three singles matches but were tested and came through, 6-3, 7-6, with a victory at the No. 1 doubles line where they were represented by Ivy Nelson and Juan Zazueta.

Nelson said the Canes won the first set, 6-3, after getting off to a slow start but then followed it up with some “very strong” play the rest of the set.

In the second set, the sophomore said, “we had a couple of moments where we’d make some silly mistakes” and their foes took advantage and stayed close on the scoreboard.

“We went down at the end of the second set, but we took it to a tiebreak and won it in a tiebreaker, 7-4,” he said.

Nelson said he and his partner were able to get off some strong serves, with one delivering the serves and the second player capitalizing on them during their play.

“Once the really big serve would come,” Nelson said, “the person at the net would put it away pretty fast.”

Moore said there were a number of new faces on the tennis court Wednesday representing the boys team.

“We moved a lot of people around,” she said. “We had some key players in a robotics tournament in Texas.

“We moved Will Allen up to No. 1 singles, Ross Norwood up to No. 2 singles and Cade Archer came back and played in his first tennis match since ending his basketball season at No. 3 singles.”

Archer played for the Cartersville basketball team, which qualified for and competed in the state playoffs.

“They surpassed our expectations in terms of being very flexible and doing whatever was asked of them.”

She said Archer got to play in his first match since basketball season ended.

“He won 6-1, 6-0,” Moore said. “That was his first time back, and he’s shaking off the rust from basketball.”

Another new face was Ross Norwood.

“It was his first time playing singles for us,” she said. “He came out with a win and it surpassed expectations. He won in two sets.”

In No. 1 singles play, Emma McCary won 6-3, 6-2; in No. 2 singles play, Ansley Thompson was victorious, 6-0, 6-2. At the No. 3 singles position, Kenly King won, 6-0, 6-0.

At the No. 1 doubles line, Kendyl Westmoreland and Jordan Ross won 6-1, 6-0; while at No. 2 doubles Taylor Riddle and Kindra Woodman took their match, 6-1, 6-0.

In boys play the No. 1 singles line was won by Allen, 6-0, 6-0, and at the No. 2 singles line, Norwood won 6-3, 7-6. At the No. 2 doubles line, Russell Mathison and Logan Snyder, 6-7, 2-6.

The boys and girls teams are 4-1 overall on the season and 3-0 in their respective regions.

Cartersville’s next match is scheduled today at Cherokee.