It was a tough, windy day for the Morgan County girls’ tennis squad as they ended their season with a loss to Lumpkin County in the first round of the State tennis playoffs.
After a successful season where they came excruciatingly close to winning their second Region 8-AAA Championship in so many years, the Lady Dogs fell by a 3-1 score.
There are usually five matches in high school tennis. So, why the 3-1 score?
Well, it was spring break and some of the players couldn’t make it back to participate.
This put MOCO behind the eight ball.
Fortunately, three others were able to return, but it still left the team with only five players.
The team was unable to field a number two doubles team, so they began the match already down 1-0 due to the forfeit.
The girls that were there put up a tremendous fight in hopes of moving onto the second round, but it was not to be.
Avery Kirby was leading by a large margin at first singles after Madison Gasque took her second singles match easily with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Kirby had taken the first set 6-1.
At number three singles, Sara Moore played up from her usual doubles position and played valiantly before falling in a close one.
The first doubles team of Karly Lane and Holly Phitidies were also unable to come up with the win.
The match ended when Lumpkin won three out of five matches so Kirby didn’t get to complete her match.
Coach Stacy Dearing had these comments. “I’m so very proud of the girls, especially the number one doubles line of Holly and Karly. They really played their hearts out and played with integrity. They had never played together before and they did an outstanding job displaying excellent teamwork and a positive attitude throughout the match. I can’t say enough of how proud I am of our singles players, especially seniors Madison Gasque and Avery Kirby.”
Dearing countinuted, “They’ve always been fighters. They are seasoned players that no matter the competition, they find a way to win. It’s simply excellent mental toughness that will serve them well in life. Sara Moore will definitely be a player to watch. As a freshman, she was part of a Championship team. This year she played singles and made us proud with her outstanding effort and commitment.”
It’s been a great season for the girls and Coaches Stacy Dearing and Jill Cribbs. Congratulations.
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