Woodland teams take No. 2, 3 seeds in tennis playoffs
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The Woodland girls high school tennis team will be hosting the first round of the state playoffs.

The Woodland boys will represent their region as a No. 3 seed in the playoffs.

Lady Wildcats split

The Lady Wildcats defeated East Paulding Wednesday morning but then lost to Allatoona in the evening and earned the second seed in Region 5-AAAAA.

“We’re at Appleby’s with our trophy, and we’re celebrating winning the state playoff berth and being able to host the first game,” head coach Beth Heath said Wednesday evening, after their return to Cartersville from the tournament, played at the Lost Mountain Tennis Center.

She said she is proud of the girls team play.

“I am just ... I can’t explain my emotions,” she said. “It was a complete team effort. Every girl put her complete heart and soul into trying to win. I know it’s what I said [Tuesday] night, but I’m so proud of them.

“Against Allatoona, they played every point like it was the last point.”

She said the Lady Wildcats will host a state playoff game against the Region 8-AAAAA No. 3 seed Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

The Lady Wildcats got their three points against East Paulding from their two doubles teams and one singles player.

Katie Abernathy won at the No. 3 singles line, 6-3, 7-5. The No. 1 doubles line of LeArian Turner and Susy Beltran won 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 and the No. 2 doubles line of Karlie Abernathy and Alaina Ellis took their matches 6-4, 6-1.

Erin Marratta fell 6-2, 6-0, and Somalia Lewis was defeated 6-1, 6-2.

Against Allatoona, Marratta fell 6-1, 6-0; Lewis was defeated 6-2, 6-0. Katie Abernathy lost her first set, 5-7, and was up 4-1 when the match was pulled.

Turner and Beltran lost 6-1 and were up 4-1 when their match was pulled. The doubles team of Karlie Abernathy and Sadie Westberry lost 6-0, 6-1.

Heath said Woodland played tough against Allatoona.

“My girls kept them on the court, and there were a lot of long rallies and points,” she said.

Woodland boys split

Woodland fell, 3-2, to North Paulding in round two of its Region 5-AAAAA tournament.

In singles play, Dustin Dodson won 6-4, 6-3 while Brandon Rutledge took 6-0, 6-1 victories.

Griffin Hale fell 0-6, 1-6 in singles play while in doubles play James Lester and Bryce Webb were defeated 4-6, 6-2, 4-6 and Grant Barker and Grayson Roberts lost 4-6, 1-6.

“This was a disappointing loss for us because we had not lost the line one doubles against North Paulding in two previous matches,” coach Kevin Tant said. “It ended up coming down to who wanted it more and, unfortunately, we made more errors and it cost us the match and a chance to play against Allatoona for the region title.”

Woodland handled South Paulding 3-0 in its second match of the day.

In singles play Dodson won 6-0, 6-2 and Rutledge took a 6-2, 6-3 victory. Woodland got its third point in the doubles play of Lester and Kim 6-3, 6-2.

“In the consolation round, we were able to pull it together and pull out the victory to finish in third place overall in the region,” Tant said. “We don't know who we’ll face in the first round of state, but we do know we’ll have to travel instead of play at home.

“The guys are still excited about their first state berth and are ready to go back out on the courts to get some additional practice in before bad weather arrives on Friday.”