By Robert Alan Richardson sports writer
Morgan County’s boys’ and girls’ squad came to play this past Wednesday when they traveled to East Jackson High School for a key Region 8-AAA matchup. Coach Greg Thompson was very pleased with the team’s effort and overall play saying, “All of our girls are playing great tennis right now and I feel very comfortable with whoever I put on the court at any position. I thought we had a legitimate shot for our boys to come out with a 5-0 win coming into the boys’ match, but they gave us a battle.”
Thompson should be proud as the girls defeated the opponent 5-0 while the boys squeaked out a 3-2 win. The girls were never challenged with none of the matches going to a tiebreaker winning in straight sets while the boys got a key win at #2 doubles to secure the win. Thompson commented, “For the girls, the outcome was pretty much what I expected. It was a good victory for us to keep us at the #2 seed which will be very important in the Region Tournament.
The boys had a tough match at #1 doubles that I thought we could have won if we had gotten a few shots to go our way.” Individual winners scoring points for the Dogs included #2 singles player Charles Baldwin 6-3, 6-1 and #3 singles Will Spates 6-2, 6-3. In the doubles match that secured the win, Will Owen and Tom Ring defeated their opponents 6-0 and 6-3 in straight sets. “I was really proud of Charles and Will for stepping up and winning easily at those spots. Tom and Will Owen at #2 doubles had a good match and eventually won it for us.” stated Coach Thompson. The girls were dominant throughout the match winning straight sets in all 5 matches. The Lady Dogs had #1 singles player Katherine Rittenhouse winning 6-4 and 6-3, and Chloe Cooper at #2 singles won 7-5, 6-2, Mariella Plumley came out on top 6-2, 6-1. On the doubles side it was Madison Gasque and Carley Henry at #1 doubles coming away with a 6-1, 6-0 victory while #2 doubles pairing of Callie Arienzo and Caroline Rittenhouse blistered East Jackson 6-0 and 6-1.
The Elbert County match last Thursday was cancelled and rescheduled for Monday April 6. The upcoming matches have the teams playing three straight days against Hart County in an important region matchup on March 24, Athens Academy on the 25th, GMC on the 26th, and Jackson County on the 31st.
We are also proud to report that the JV girls’ tennis team dismantled both Oconee County on March 12th and Athens Academy on the 17th. Coach Catherine Lindsey is excited about the future for this young group saying, “We have an excellent JV girls’ team this year and I expect them to be undefeated in the region this year.”
Scores for the JV match against Oconee included Mariella Plumley at #1 singles 8-2, Anna Lindsey 2nd singles winning 8-5, Clara Arienzo 4th singles 8-0, and Rebecca Lindsey taking the victory at 5th singles 8-2. The match against Athens Academy wasn’t much different with winners at the 1-5 singles and at #1 doubles. In order from 1-5 singles and 1 doubles were Anna Lindsey 8-4, Clara Arienzo 8-6, Rebecca Lindsey 8-1, Ryann Pittman 8-1, and Lily Courchaine and Rebecca Lindsey 8-1.