By R. Alan Richardson
In tennis action this week, the Morgan County teams were busy. Very busy. After a Monday rain out with Jackson County, the teams took down East Jackson in Region 8-AAA play the next afternoon. The girls swept the Lady Eagles 5-0 while the boys took an easy 4-1 win.
Winners were: 1 singles Joah Plumley 6-1, 6-3, 2 singles Wyatt Breedlove 7-5, 6-2, 3 singles Will Thompson 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 1 doubles Owen Anderson/John Cardwell 6-1, 6-0. Girls 1 singles Karlie Lane 6-3, 6-3, 2 singles Sara Moore 6-0, 6-0, 3 singles Abbey Adams 6-0, 6-1, 1 doubles McCall Chamberlain/Rachel Dickson 6-3, 6-4, 2 doubles Emily Webb/Zoey Brown 6-0, 6-0.
The Bulldogs followed that match up with a road match at Franklin County in another Region contest. Coach Stacy Dearing said, “This one was a nail biter. After Joah took a 6-3, 6-2 win and Will won at number three singles, it all came down to our number one doubles team. After falling behind 5-0 in the first set, the guys battled back to tie things up at 6-6 before winning an exciting tiebreaker by two points. It was an exciting match; one of the best I’ve seen. They just took the momentum and ran with it.” The boys got the 3-2 win.
Morgan’s girls got a 4-1 victory over the Lady Lions. Winners were Lane 6-1, 6-1, Moore 6-1, 6-4, Adams 7-6, 7-4, 6-2, and Webb/Brown 6-4, 6-3.
Saturday the teams again took to the road to compete in the massive tennis center at Granger Park in Lagrange. According to Dearing, it was one of the top-notch clay court complexes in the state. She commented, “I can’t begin to thank all the people involved that made it possible for us to attend this prestigious tournament. It was an incredible experience for our players. From the financial costs to the overnight accommodations and the facilities, it was something most kids will never be exposed to; unless you attend Morgan County High School. The kids wanted to know when they could do it again. They were fired up and so thankful.”
Against some of the toughest competition in the state and much larger schools, the teams held their own in the three matches. The girls defeated Buford High School in a close 3-2 match with Adams, Chamberlain/Dickson and Webb/Brown coming away with wins. Adams took her second set win in a 14-12 marathon tiebreaker. They then defeated South Paulding by the same 3-2 score before taking a tough loss to a formidable Lumpkin County squad. The boys fell to Apalachee, North Gwinnett, and Wheeler in the tournament.
Dearing made these final comments, “I told our players that this will really prepare us for the remainder of the Region schedule. We played some of the best competition we will face all year and gave it our best shot. We will definitely be more prepared mentally for the big matches ahead of us.”
The Dogs will play again Thursday against Hart County.