Canes now 4-0 in region; Lady Canes drop to 3-1
by David Royal
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Maggie Dowling of Cartersville returns a shot Tuesday during her No. 1 singles match against Allatoona. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Cartersville kept its high school tennis region record perfect Tuesday while the Lady Purple Hurricanes saw theirs blemished.

The Purple Hurricanes swept Allatoona 5-0 and the girls fell 3-2.

The Canes again got a boost from the play of Trevor Gotkowski, the Cartersville High tennis ace who had been sidelined due to an elbow injury but returned to the lineup last week. Gotkowski won his matches 6-0, 6-0.

Head coach Julius Robberts said the victory showed the Cartersville boys team came prepared. "Obviously they meant business against Allatoona, and it showed in their discipline."

He said the team also continued to reap benefits from having Gotkowski back in the lineup.

"Obviously, it makes a big difference having him in," the coach said. "He makes us a much deeper team, even though he's not 100 percent."

Also garnering singles wins for the Canes were Mitchell Scott, who won his matches 6-1, 6-0, and Brock Hufstetler, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles play, Will Garner and Tyler Hill easily took the measure of their opponents, 6-3, 6-0, and Jonathan McMurdo and Jordan Eckhert, won, 6-3, 6-3.

The win raises the boys' record to 5-3 overall, 4-0 in Region 7-AAA.

Allatoona is 1-6 overall.

Lady Canes fall

The Lady Canes endured their first region loss, but Robberts said they are capable of a better performance.

"I would characterize our team as overconfident and underprepared," he said. "I think we overlooked this team and didn't prepare as well as usual. We didn't seem as disciplined and it got us into trouble early. I'm disappointed."

The coach said he is looking for the team to make adjustments in its preparation. "I hope we can pick it up for the next match. We've got some good leaders and I'm counting on them to help us the next few days."

He said with the victory, Allatoona now appears the team to beat in the region.

"I think it's good to have a couple of teams in the region they have to prepare for. I don't enjoy it if we cruise through the schedule," he said. "I want them to be challenged by good teams."

Winning for the Lady Canes were Maggie Dowling, who won 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, and Adrienne Green, who won 6-3, 6-0. Maddie McGinnis fell in singles, 6-4, 6-2, in doubles, Megan Patton and Logan Bolen were outpointed, 6-4, 6-2; and Sarah Vaughan and Mallory Walker lost, 7-5, 6-4.

Robberts said Dowling's play continues to be a bright spot.

"Once she gets going, she is a force to be reckoned with," he said.

He also singled out Green for her win.

"After being out almost half of the season with basketball," he said, "she has brought some of her momentum from the Lady Canes basketball team with her. You have to be a pretty good athlete to be able to do all that she does for us."

The Lady Canes are now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the region. The Lady Buccaneers are 6-1 overall.

Robberts said despite the setback to the girls, both teams performed well against Allatoona.

"Overall, I'm proud of both teams," he said. "I'd like to see the girls a little more cohesive."

Cartersville next plays on Tuesday, March 29, when it hosts Gilmer County, another region foe.