By R. Alan Richardson sports editor
In a non-region matchup this week, the Dogs took a 4-1 win on the boys’ side, a 5-0 win in the girls’ match, and a 2-1 win in JV play. In the shutout win for the girls, it was Carley Henry winning 4-6, 6-1, and 6-3, Avery Kirby 8-0, and Madison Gasque 8-0. The doubles team of Callie Arienzo and Clara Arienzo won 6-2, 6-2 while Lily Courchaine and Mariella Plumley won 8-3. In the boys’ match Matt Callaway took a 6-0, 6-0 victory at number one singles, Simon Newton won 8-0 at number two, and Will Spates also won at number three 8-0. Wylder Everett and Nick Lewan took the win at number two doubles 8-4. In the JV match it was Sara Moore at number one girls’ singles winning 8-6 and number one boys’ singles player Owen Anderson taking an 8-5 victory. Later in the week Morgan took on Jackson County and Oconee County in back-to-back matches. The boys took a 5-0 win with Callaway, Newton, and Spates taking wins at one, two, and three singles. Newton came back after losing the first set to win in three sets 2-6, 6-4, and 6-3. In doubles play Noah Harris and Will Owen got a win as did Sam Jones and John Cardwell. The Lady Dogs allowed only five points in their entire five matches also winning 5-0. Chloe Cooper, Henry, and Caroline Rittenhouse barely broke a sweat in the three singles wins. The doubles teams of Gasque/Kirby and Plumley/Courchaine finished off the Lady Warriors 6-3, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0 as well. The final match of the week didn’t go as well with Morgan finding themselves on the losing side against two of the better tennis teams in Region 8-AAA Oconee County.
Both the Dogs and Lady Dogs failed to win a match in the contest losing 5-0. Some of the bright spots were at number two doubles where Cardwell and Ben Gill went three sets. They took the first set 6-4 before bowing out in the final two. At number two doubles in girls play sisters Callie and Clara Arienzo played well going three sets before losing 6-2, 3-6, 2-6. Coach Greg Thompson talked about his teams’ progress, “Right now, I feel like we are winning the matches we should win, but in order to compete with the better teams in our region, we have to start stepping up and competing on a higher level. We are beating ourselves in many of the matches we have lost so far. Unforced errors are killing us and our kids have to understand that keeping the ball in play and extending the rally goes a long way in winning points, which ultimately leads to winning sets and matches. We are still in a good spot in the region right now, but we have Elbert on Thursday and Hart next week, and we need to be playing well when we travel to take on both those teams.”