Woodland boys and girls improve to 4-0


The Woodland boys and girls tennis teams opened up region play Friday at Rome, and both teams came home with a win.

The boys won 4-1 while the girls swept the Lady Wolves.

Both teams are now 4-0 on the season heading into Monday’s match with Excel and Tuesday’s match with Sequoyah.

Girls sweep

The Lady Wildcats had just one of their five matches go three sets as they won all five matches on the day to improve to 4-0 on the season.

At singles, Christy Turner won her match by scores of 6-1, 6-0 on the No. 1 line; Gloria Gore won 6-0, 6-1 on line 2; and Sadie Westberry won 6-1, 6-3 on line 3.

“Those three girls are just very, very good,” Woodland head coach Beth Head said of her singles players. “I’m extremely happy with my singles play this year. They’re going out there and they’re dominating. They’re playing great tennis.”

On the No. 1 doubles line, the team of Ashlyn Walker and Deanna Dodson won in three sets, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-1.

“They had a little bit longer match. It took them a little while to get warmed up and get going,” Heath said. “I was proud of our No. 1 doubles team. They kept their cool. They lost that first set 6-3, and they made a few adjustments. They swapped sides of the court, and they came back and won.”

On the No. 2 doubles line, Kaylee Salter and Chandler Still won by scores of 6-3 and 6-1.

“My No. 2 doubles team has sort of struggled,” Heath said. “They’ve had some close matches the first three matches that we’ve played. They dominated tonight. They both played very well.”

Boys win 4-1

The Woodland boys continued to roll Friday as they begin the region season 1-0 after their 4-1 win over Rome.

“We did what we needed to do. That’s for sure,” Woodland head coach Kevin Tant said. “I think, for our first region match, we did really well. We saw a lot of ways in which we need to improve before we hit the deeper part of the region. Overall, I thought we did great, especially considering it was a rescheduled match from [Thursday].”

On the No. 1 singles line, Griffin Hale lost 4-6, 5-7; Alex Banta won 6-2, 6-1; and Andrew Pierce won 6-4, 6-1.

“There was a bit of struggle with singles 3,” Tant said. “Rome had a really strong player at singles 3. Andrew really played confidently and he didn’t let the opponent get in his head.”

At doubles play, Blake Bottegal and Albert McKnight won on the No. 1 doubles line, 4-6, 6-1 and 10-6. On the No. 2 line, Jared Roberts and Max Costlow won in three sets and 7-5 in the super-tiebreak.

“The standout player was Max Costlow. This is Max’s second year playing tennis for me,” Tant said. “He’s really more of a veteran now. He really shined, especially in the second set.”

Overall, Tant is happy to begin the season 4-0.

“I couldn’t be more pleased at this point considering we’re undefeated heading into the thick of the region,” Tant said. “The guys are playing with a lot of confidence and I’m really excited to see what they can do as we continue into the season.”