’Cats, Canes tennis split


It was a good day for the girls tennis teams in Bartow Monday. Not so much for the boys.

The Woodland and Cartersville girls teams both beat their opponents, with the Lady ’Cats edging out Allatoona 3-2 and the Lady Canes sweeping Wheeler 5-0.

Unfortunately, neither boys team could get a win, with Woodland taking a close 3-2 loss and Cartersville falling 4-1.

At Woodland, all three girls on the singles line won, negating Allatoona’s sweep of the doubles matches.

Gloria Gore won in three sets at No. 1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and Deanna Dodson at No. 2 and Michele Maserjian at No. 3 both swept their opponents in easy two-set wins to give the Lady Wildcats the victory.

In the boys match, Woodland and Allatoona split four two-set matches. Bryce VanOrder won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and Max Costlow and Alex Banta took a close 7-6, 7-5 win over their counterparts at No. 1 doubles.

With Allatoona winning the other two matches that ended in two sets, the match came down to the No. 1 singles line, where Woodland’s Blake Bottegal and Allatoona’s Victor Bellott headed to a third set after splitting the first two.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Bellott pulled out the deciding set 6-2 to give his team the match win.

The matches at Cartersville didn’t have a corresponding measure of drama.

The Lady Canes rolled over their opponents, with Emma McCary, Kenly King and Ansley Thompson all taking straight-set singles wins.

No. 1 doubles was the only match to go three sets, as Taylor Riddle and Jordan Ross came back from a one-set deficit to win, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Allyson Ireland and Lydia Wieditz finished off the dominating win by blanking their opponents at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-0.

“The girls played really hard,” Cartersville coach Melissa Moore said. “They’ve been working on a lot of skills, and they really capitalized on a lot of their first serves.”

Again, though, the boys team couldn’t match. Will Allen went down quickly at No. 1 singles.

Matthew Slocum, at No. 2 singles, got the Canes’ lone win, 6-1, 7-6.

“Matthew masters the serve,” Moore said. “He has a great serve and he’s amazing with his groundstrokes.”

That tied the match up, but the other Canes would lose in three sets, with Ross Norwood at No. 3 singles and doubles teams of Juan Zazueta and Ivy Nelson and Griffin Shaw and John Blackhall all falling.