By Robert Alan Richardson sports staff
Both the boys’ and girls’ varsity tennis teams won matches this week against region foe Hart County and non-region opponent Georgia Military College giving them a perfect record for the week. Coach Greg Thompson had this to say about the week of play, “I am very pleased with where we are at right now with both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Our kids continue to work hard and are hopefully having fun at the same time.
We are looking forward to our last two region match-ups coming up with Jackson County and Elbert. These results will tell us where we stand going into the region tournament on April 16th. We played well this week, but we still have to play more consistent tennis and cut down on our unforced errors.” The Dogs defeated Hart in a resounding 5-0 manner while the girls took home a 4-1 win to give them some momentum going into the last two region matches before the region tournament. Matt Callaway came back strong after losing the first set 3-6. The next two sets saw him coming away with a 6-2 and 7-5 set wins for the win. Mason Devane also had a close match winning 7-5, 7-6 (11-9 TB) and Charles Baldwin didn’t have any problems winning in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. The two doubles matches had Noah Harris and Will Spates snuffing out their competition 6-0, 6-0 at #1 while Sam Jones and Will Owen had little problem at #2 winning 6-2, 6-0.
Morgan’s girls’ team disposed of Hart as well with a strong outing by #2 singles Chloe Cooper winning 6-3 and 6-3 in straight sets while Avery Kirby won at #3 single 6-4, 6-3. The #1 doubles team of Caroline Rittenhouse and Lily Courchaine took care of business taking a 6-1, 6-3 victory, but the match of the day was seen in the #2 doubles match. Rebecca Lindsey and Anna Lindsey played a marathon match with the first set being won 7-6 by Morgan after a 7-4 tiebreaker determined the set. The second set also went to a tiebreaker with our girls losing in a tiebreaker 5-7 to end it at 6-7. A third set was needed to determine the outcome and it was a doozy. This set also went to a third tiebreaker after both teams were even 6-6 and the duo came out with a 10-8 win ending the match in breath taking fashion. On Thursday the teams hosted GMC (Georgia Military College) from Milledgeville, a smaller region 7A school that competes against the likes of Lincoln County, Wilkinson County, and Commerce. Their girls’ team is pretty strong with a 6-3 record while the boys are 3-6 coming into the match. Coach Greg Thompson commented, “This is a non-region, non-traditional match, but they have wanted to play us for several years, so we made it happen.” First and second singles players Charles Baldwin and Will Spates made quick work in their matches winning 6-2, 6-2, and 6-0, 6-0.
After that the #1 doubles team won 6-2 and 6-3 and Bryce Edwards along with Noah Harris completed the doubles sweep 6-2, 6-1. The final score was 4-1 for Morgan. In the girls’ matchup it was a very close win for the Lady Dogs 3-2. After losing at both #1 and #2 singles the team made a big-time comeback with wins by Caroline Rittenhouse at #3 singles 6-1, 6-3, and at #1 doubles as Madison Gasque and Carley Henry beat the brakes off the opponent not allowing a single point 6-0, 6-0. With the score tied at 2-2, it was up to the #2 doubles squad of Callie and Clara Arienzo to go to work and they did just that. GMC only had 1 point in the match as the duet pounded them 6-1, 6-0. You can see the team’s scheduled games for this week on page B1.