Canes, ’Cats tennis sweep opponents
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Woodland continued to add to its trove of region victories by sweeping Lithia Springs in high school tennis play Thursday, 4-1 and 5-0.

Beth Heath, girls tennis coach, said her players were focused on the game and that could bode well with region play just around the corner.

Both Heath and Kevin Tant used the matches to broaden experience on the team.

“Sadly, Lithia Springs does not have a lot of depth,” Heath said. “I used some players who don’t regularly play. I’m trying to prepare for the region tournament, and I need to make sure I have some backup players if I need them.”

At the singles No. 1 line, Erin Marratta lost 0-6, 1-6; at the singles No. 2 line, Katie Abernathy won 6-0, 6-0; and at the singles No. 3 line, Somalia Lewis won 6-0, 6-0.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Suzy Beltran and LeArian Turner won 6-0, 6-0, while at the doubles No. 2 line freshman Ashlyn Walker and sophomore Chandler Still won 6-0, 6-0, their first victory as a pair.

Woodland improved to 6-0 overall, 5-0 in the region. The Lady Wildcats next play Tuesday against Paulding County at home.

The Woodland boys won with the help of two forfeits, at the singles line No. 3 and doubles line No. 2.

“Lithia Springs has a lot of energy but it is a young team,” Tant said.

Woodland’s victories came at the singles No. 1 line, where Brandon Rutledge earned 6-2, 6-2 wins and at the singles No. 2 line where Skylar Henderson won 6-1, 6-1. At the doubles No. 1 line, Grayson Roberts and Tanner Self won 6-0, 6-0.

Tant said while the team is young, Lithia Springs sprang some surprises on Woodland.

“When you’re playing younger teams, you have to stay focused and not be careless with the ball,” Tant said. “Sometimes with young teams the ball comes at you not as you anticipated.”

Woodland is now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in region play.

It next plays Paulding County on Tuesday.

Cartersville sweeps

The Cartersville boys and girls high school tennis teams both picked up wins against North Murray on Thursday.

The Lady Canes won, 5-0, while the boys earned their victory, 4-1.

“Both teams stayed focused,” Cartersville head tennis coach Melissa Moore said. “They are continuing to strive to be the best they can be.”

In singles play, Mallory Walker won at line No. 1, 6-0, 6-0; Kenly King won at line No. 2, 6-0, 6-0; and Stephanie Ray claimed her victory at line No. 3, 6-0, 6-1.

At doubles No. 1, Annabeth and Charleston Fox won 6-1, 6-0, while at doubles No. 2, Kendyl Westmoreland and Taylor Riddle won, 6-0, 6-0.

“My freshmen needed to step in and they were ready,” she said. “They rose to the occasion. Stephanie worked hard for her victory. She moved her opponent all over the court.”

The coach said the team has had a couple of injuries and also is dealing with sickness.

After Thursday victories, the Cartersville girls are 11-0 and 10-0 in the region.

In boys play, at the singles No. 1 line, Corey Tobin won 6-0, 6-0; at singles No. 2, Drew Adsit won 6-0, 7-5; and the team forfeited at the singles No. 3 line.

At doubles No. 1, Avery Andrews and Nathan Slocum won 6-0, 6-2, while at doubles No. 2, Adam Harper and Christian O’Dell won 6-0, 6-2.

Moore said Cartersville is still feeling the effect of some spirited tennis play.

“We had a tough match with Coahulla Creek and there are things they need to work on,” she said. “They were able to tackle some of those lessons in practice Wednesday, and as a result, today they came up with the win. They needed to refocus and Coahulla Creek was a wakeup call. We had some things to work on and the kids were accepting and insightful.”

Cartersville next plays against Dalton on Monday and visits Adairsville on Tuesday.