Net Dogs begin season with region play

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sam cooper readies a serve web

sam cooper readies a serve web

By Nick Nunn staff writer

The Morgan County High School (MCHS) tennis team began its 2014 season last week with matches against Oconee County in Watkinsville and against North Oconee at home.

The Morgan County boys wracked up two wins against Oconee County, a singles victory by Wolfgang Busenitz and a doubles win by Mason Devane and Matthew Callaway. “In our first match of the year with Oconee County, I thought we had some kids who were a little nervous,” said MCHS Tennis Coach Greg Thompson.

“We had planned to have a match behind us to get rid of some of the nerves before entering region competition, but the Buford match had to be rescheduled due to the weather.”

Against North Oconee, the boys’ performance was more dominant, with two singles victories and wins against both of North Oconee’s doubles teams. Busenitz picked up his second win of the season, while Sam Cooper earned his first against North Oconee.

The doubles teams of Chan Courchaine and Garrett Gardner and then Ben McMichael and Mason Devane swept the Titans’ doubles teams with back-to-back wins to finish the set.

“I was pleased with the way our boys played and we got two big wins out of two singles and two doubles,” said Coach Thomplson. “We were in every other match as well, but just couldn’t execute when we needed to.” Unfortunately, the Morgan County girls had a slow start to the 2014 season, being swept by both Oconee County and North Oconee last week. “We have a lot of work to do on the girls side and right now,” said Coach Thompson.

“We are still trying to figure out what our best line-up is going to be and what pairings work best for us in our doubles matches.” “Oconee County has a very solid girls team, but I think if we see them again later in the year, the result may be different.”

Last Tuesday, March 4, the MCHS tennis teams took on Franklin County on the road but will play at home today, March 6, against the Jackson County Panthers.

This Friday and Saturday, the Dogs will travel to the coast to compete in the Jekyll Jam before returning to play against Athens Christian at home next Monday.

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