Dalton’s doubles leads to victory over Lady ’Cats

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Woodland won two of its singles lines, but Dalton earned a region victory with wins at the remaining singles line and at both doubles lines to defeat the Lady Wildcats, 3-2, in girls high school tennis play Thursday.

The loss dropped Woodland to 1-2 in region play.

Head girls tennis coach Beth Heath said Dalton was especially strong in doubles play and that cancelled Woodland’s advantage at two of the singles lines.

“Both of their doubles teams were really good,” Heath said. “I feel like our No. 1 doubles team really didn’t know what hit it even though they played us last year. Our No. 2 doubles team put a lot of effort in its first match and seemed to run out of steam later on.”

Woodland won handily at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles lines and the matchup was decided by the No. 3 seeds.

“The nail biter was at No. 3 singles,” Heath said. “They won the tiebreaker, 3-7, in the third set, to get the win.”

Woodland picked up convincing wins in two of the three singles matches.

“Christy Turner won 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 1 line and Gloria Gore took her matches, 6-1, 6-1,” the coach said.

At the No. 3 singles slot, Sadie Westberry won the first set 7-5 but then fell 4-6 and 6-7 to Dalton.

Ashlyn Walker and Deanna Dodson were defeated at the No. 1 doubles line, 0-6, 3-6.

Chandler Still and Kaylee Salter were defeated 4-6, 0-6.

The loss dropped Woodland’s overall record to 5-2.

Despite Thursday’s region matchup, Woodland doesn’t get a break from tennis play until Sunday.

The Lady Wildcats hosts the Woodland Tennis Invitational today at the high school tennis courts.

Woodland will be playing in the tournament, which also will feature Excel, Cedartown, Rockmart, Cass and Kell, in the morning.

Heath said Woodland begins play Saturday at 9 a.m. when it takes on the winner of the Excel and Cedartown match.

The Lady Wildcats resume region play on Tuesday when they meet River Ridge.