Woodland’s loss a chance to learn before regionals
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Woodland didn’t get the results it wanted playing Allatoona this week in boys and girls high school tennis.

But boys head coach Kevin Tant said the team understands that it still controls its destiny for the season.

The Wildcats can do that by winning the remainder of their Region 5-AAAAA matches and the region tournament at season’s end.

On Thursday, Woodland was handled by Allatoona, 4-1, but picked up a victory on the singles line. Dustin Dodson won 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 1 singles slot.

Its singles losses were sustained by Brandon Rutledge and Bryce Webb and its doubles teams of James Lester and Griffin Hale and Grayson Roberts and Grant Barker fell as well.

Tant said the Wildcats took the losses to heart and will be using the balance of the season improving their game enough to make a deep run into the state playoffs.

“We look forward to playing Allatoona again in the region and making a stronger stand next time,” the coach said.

He said the team was competitive against Allatoona but unforced errors made the job easier for the Buccaneers.

“We hadn’t seen that quality of play since we were in the Kennesaw Mountain Invitational,” he said. “Allatoona showed us what they’re made of, and we look forward to playing them again.”

Tant said the Wildcats still have a big match against Rome looming at season’s end [April 11] and they must play their best to have a chance to win. He said the Wildcats must stay focused and continue to improve their skills.

The loss dropped Woodland’s overall record to 7-4 and its region record to 6-1.

The Wildcats had won six games in a row prior to the loss.

The boys aren’t the only tennis team at the school having trouble with Allatoona this season.

Woodland’s girls tennis team fell 5-0 to the Lady Buccaneers on Thursday.

Coach Beth Heath said while they wanted a victory, her girls have shown a lot of progress from a year ago, when they were 2-10 at this point.

“We finished 3-12 a year ago and right now, we’re 6-6,” she said. “I’m pleased with how we’re doing. Knowing this team is as young as it is, that gives me hope for the future.”

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