The Cartersville High boys and girls tennis teams have higher aspirations then winning in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs, but to go where they want to go, the Canes had to take care of business Monday against Chestatee.
Both teams did just that at Dellinger Park, as the boys cruised to a 4-0 win and the girls made it look nearly as easy, winning 4-1.
For the girls Line 2 and 3 singles players, Kenly King and Ansley Thompson didn’t drop a game, while Line 1 player Emma McCary dropped just two to sweep the singles.
“The girls, the singles gave up two games and that was it,” Cartersville coach Melissa Moore said. “So it was pretty simple. They were done within an hour. They did really well.”
In doubles play, Taylor Riddle was out sick, so Lydia Wiedetz bumped up to Line 1 to team up with Jordan Ross and won 6-0, 6-1.
Della Pritchett was subbed into the lineup to replace Wiedetz, and Pritchett and Allyson Ireland lost 2-6, 6-3, 5-10.
“I’m very proud of the [Line 2 doubles team] because they met the challenge and worked really hard,” Moore said of the changes in the lineup. “They ended up losing, but they worked well together and did what they had to do for the team to be successful. So we’re pretty happy with that.”
The boys’ play in the three singles lines was matched by strong doubles play. Cartersville, as the No. 2 seed facing a 3-seed in Chestatee, dropped just two games in doubles as Juan Zazueta and Ivy Nelson cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win and Davis Edwards and Griffin Shaw won both sets 6-0.
“Our doubles 2, we have Davis Edwards back playing again since [missing most of the year with a broken collarbone], and he’s teamed up with Griffin Shaw at Doubles 2, and they cruised today,” Moore said. “They played exceedingly well, great net play, great serves. Everybody’s serves today were really on. It was really, really good. That’s nine-tenths of it there.”
The Line 1 and 2 singles players made quick work of their opponents as well. Will Allen won 6-0, 6-1 on Line 1 and Matthew Slocum didn’t drop a game on Line 2.
On Line 3, Ross Norwood was sick, but he gutted it out and was in the second set when his teammates secured advancement to the next round, ending his match.
“The boys, they really did well today. Ross Norwood, our singles 3, we pulled him after we had already won because he was sick. I give him so much credit, he dug deep and he stayed in it,” Moore said. “The boys surpassed our expectations. There’s so much going on right now at the end of the school year. Half the team is on the robotics team and is going to Houston, so the boys did great.”
Both Cartersville teams have hopes of making it at least as far as the quarterfinals, but are awaiting the results of other matches before knowing their second-round opponents.