’Cats, Lady ’Cats each improve to 5-0


The Woodland boys and girls tennis teams have tough matches coming up today against region foe Sequoyah.

The good news for the Wildcats is each team will enter the matchup with a 5-0 record on the year after topping Excel Monday.

Lady ’Cats 5, Excel 0

Excel forfeited the line 2 doubles match, and Woodland took care of business in its four matches to come away with a 5-0 win at Dellinger Park.

“This was a good, challenging match for my girls,” girls head coach Beth Heath said of Monday’s result. “My girls needed this. Nobody’s really pushed us until today. They were close matches today, and my girls needed some competition, and Excel brought us some competition.”

Christy Turner won on the No. 1 singles line, 6-4, 6-2; Gloria Gore won at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2; Sadie Westberry won on line 3, 0-6, 6-3, 10-7; and Ashlyn Walker and Deanna Dodson won on line 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2.

Woodland will next take on defending subregion champ Sequoyah today.

“This will be a tough test,” Heath said of the Sequoyah match. “They came in first in our subregion last year. We lost to them 3-2 last year, so we’d like a little revenge match tomorrow.”

’Cats 4, Excel 1

The Woodland boys tennis team improved to 5-0 on the year with its 4-1 win over Excel Monday at Dellinger Park.

“Overall, I couldn’t ask for much more,” boys coach Kevin Tant said. “We’re 5-0 on the season heading into region play tomorrow against Sequoyah, so that should be a real challenge for us. But, hopefully, all this experience we’ve gained in the past five matches will hold up under intense scrutiny there.”

Griffin Hale lost on the No. 1 singles line 1-6, 1-6 to recent Berry College signee Simon Morris.

“He’s pretty phenomenal,” Tant said of Morris.

On Line 2 singles, Alex Banta won 6-0, 6-2.

“The best player of the match tonight was Alex Banta,” Tant said. “He played in a Level 4 tournament over the weekend against some really tough competitors, and even though he lost, he played with a great deal of skill and learned to fight for every single point. He just came up today and played the absolute hardest he could, and came away with a great result. I couldn’t ask for more from my players at this point.”

On Line 3 singles, Andrew Pierce won, 6-3, 6-2.

Blake Bottegal and Jared Roberts took the No. 1 double match, 6-2, 6-0. Line 2 doubles was forfeited by Excel.