The Lady Wildcats ignored mercury readings that dipped into the low 40s and won one match at the singles line and two in doubles play to pick up their second region win of the season, 3-2, in girls high school tennis play.
Beth Heath, head coach, said Woodland picked up its points at the No. 2 singles line where Katie Abernathy won against Mackenzie Kuhn, at the No. 1 doubles line from Suzy Beltran and LeArian Turner, who defeated Christie Gads and Kirstan Sharp, and the No. 2 doubles line from Karlie Abernathy and Alaina Ellis, who outscored Megan Sharp and Kallie Capos.
Its losses were at the No. 1 singles line, where Erin Marratta lost for the first time this year, falling to Monica Behrle, and at the No. 3 singles line, where Somalia Lewis came up short against Andrea Villena.
Heath said Katie Abernathy came up big for the Lady Wildcats.
“Katie is just tearing it up right now,” the coach said. “She won, 6-1, 6-0. She’s playing big for us.”
Heath also praised the work of her doubles players, saying they have had a big hand in shaping the team’s success so far.
“My doubles team is winning matches for us. They are looking really solid. The matches usually come down to our doubles 2 or line 3 singles.”
Heath said Marratta was challenged Tuesday and her loss was to a gifted player, Behrle.
“She’s played Monica, who is just phenomenal, a lot. She has a beautiful ground stroke and Erin just had her work cut out for her. Luckily Monica is a senior and we won’t see her after this year.”
Still, Heath would like to have earned more victories Tuesday at the Wildcat tennis courts.
“I’m a little disappointed, but we’re 3-0 and 2-0 in the region. We’re still undefeated. We play Villa Rica on Wednesday and Paulding County on Thursday and that should catch us up with our missed games.”
Heath said the victory over East Paulding was a good one because the Lady Patriots are always tough.
“They were the team we had to beat last year to make the state playoffs.”
The Lady Raiders dropped to (1-3 overall, 1-3 in Region 5A-AAAAA) with the loss.
Woodland returns to the nets today when it plays Villa Rica, providing them their third region foe in a row. The teams square off at 4:45 p.m.
Cartersville girls, boys win
Cartersville turned to pro sets to determine the winner of its tennis matches against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and both boys and girls teams won.
“We decided upon playing pro set as our season’s schedule is so packed and rescheduling due to the weather had been difficult,” according to Melissa Moore, head coach.
The girls won, 3-0, and swept off after three wins, Moore said.
In singles No. 1, Mallory Walker won, 8-0; singles No. 2, Maddi McGinnis, 8-1; and singles No. 3, Kenly King, 8-0.
The Lady Purple Hurricanes won the second match, 5-0, with victories on the singles line by Walker, 8-0; McGinnis, 8-4; and King, 8-0. On the doubles No. 1 line, Annabeth and Charleston Fox won, 8-0; and at doubles No. 2, Haley Landrum and Kendyl Westmoreland were victorious, 8-0.
Boys victories in the first match at the singles No. 1 line came from Corey Tobin, 8-2; No. 2 singles, Matthew Scott, 8-0; No. 3 singles, Drew Adsit, 8-0.
Victories in the second boys match came at the singles lines from Tobin, 8-1; Scott, 8-1; and Adsit, 8-0. At doubles No. 1, Avery Andrews and Nathan Slocum won 8-1; doubles No. 2, Adam Harper and Christian O’Dell, 8-1.
Moore said the LFO matches are the first time this year Cartersville has been at full strength.
“With the arrival of Corey Tobin, we have been able to fill out our squad,” Moore said. “He earned two wins in his first appearance.
“With Corey, we are able to solidify our doubles teams. At doubles one, we have Avery Andrews and Nathan Slocum. At doubles two we have Adam Harper and Christian O’Dell. It’s a great feeling having everyone in place.”
The Cartersville girls are now 8-0 overall and 6-0 in region play. The boys are 6-2 and 6-1.
Cartersville next plays today when it visits Sonoraville.
Bremen 4, Excel 1
Excel Christian Academy won a doubles match in girls play and a singles match in boys play while falling to Bremen, 4-1, in tennis play.
In girls play at the singles No. 1 line, Miriam Hibbard fell 3-6, 1-6; No. 2 singles, Callaway Ford, 3-6, 1-6; Tessa Thornborough, 2-6, 1-6.
At the No. 1 doubles line, Caroline Moore and Taylor Vaughn won their second consecutive match, 6-3, 6-7, 12-10. A the doubles No. 2 line, Sarah Bradley and Dianna Davison were decisioned, 0-6, 0-6.
In boys play, Cade Archer was defeated at the singles No. 1 line, 0-6, 1-6; No. 2 line Sam Kirkland won 1-6, 7-6, 11-9; and at the No. 3 singles line, Simon Morris was beaten, 6-1, 4-6, 5-10.
At the doubles No. 1 line, Michael Serris and Vince DaCamara were beaten 1-6, 5-7, while John Berry and Tyler Demmers were bested, 3-6, 1-6.
Head coach Mark Hibbard said the Excel team is still trying to get comfortable on the tennis court.
“They’re trying to find their rhythm for hitting the ball and trying to get deep across the court,” he said. “Our doubles team of Caroline and Taylor played a really strong match. They played a fundamentally strong match and are playing smart. Our singles players, boys and girls, are hitting the ball but trying to pull the trigger too early. They need to get deeper in their rally before going for shots.
“I feel like in three or four matches, they’ll start playing better together and we’ll start winning some matches.”
Excel next plays Thursday at Trion.