Lady Wildcats tennis beats South Paulding, 5-0
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Woodland continued to march through its region opponents Tuesday, overpowering South Paulding, 5-0, in girls high school tennis play.

Beth Heath, head coach, said the team controlled both at the doubles and singles line.

“That’s a great start for us,” she said. “We were a little worried about South Paulding because we just beat them 3-2 last year.

“I think their No. 1 singles player graduated and the other players moved up and we were able to pick up a victory.”

For Woodland, at the singles No. 1 line, Erin Marratta won 6-1, 6-1, over Rikki Hagerty while at the singles No. 2 line, Katie Abernathy defeated Kinsey Clarke, 6-1, 6-1. At the singles No. 3 line, Somalia Lewis picked up another victory against Claire Atcheson 6-2, 6-1.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Suzy Beltran and LeArian Turner defeated Lydia Norton and MaKenize Anderson, 6-1, 6-2, while at the doubles No. 2 line, Karlie Abernathy and Alaina Ellis overpowered Taylor Britt and Abby Harrison, 6-0, 6-1.

Heath said Woodland’s doubles play is continuing to be one of the team’s bright points.

“My doubles teams are playing solid tennis,” she said.

The coach said her singles players did well against South Paulding.

“My singles players have been struggling some but today Solmalia came to play.

“She hit some beautiful deep ground strokes,” she said. “All three of our singles players were playing with confidence. They were all in control and that’s the first time I’ve seen that this season. That’s the way I want them to play.

Woodland improved to 5-0 overall and is 4-0 in the region. The Lady Wildcats return to the courts on Thursday, when they visit Lithia Springs. The teams start play around 4:30 p.m.

Cartersville girls win region match

The Cartersvile girls and boys tennis teams each were without regulars in their lineup in the teams’ region matchup with Coahulla Creek.

Taylor Riddle filled in for Haley Landrum in No. 2 doubles and Noah Daniel filled in at the No. 3 singles position and both won their respective matches as the Cartersille girls won 3-2, but the boys fell, despite Daniel’s effort, 2-3 in their matches Tuesday at Coahulla Creek.

“We have a few things to work on, especially the serves and volleys, but nothing we can’t iron out before the region tournament in April,” Cartersville head coach Melissa Moore said. “Taylor Riddle had a great serve. She and Kendyl Westmoreland won their match.

“Noah Daniel worked his opponent all over and had great serves and great groundstrokes.”

At the singles No. 1 line, Mallory Walker fell 2-6, 1-6; at the singles No. 2 line, Maddi McGinnis lost 2-6, 1-6, and at the singles No. 3 position, Kenly King won 6-0, 6-0.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Annabeth Fox and Charleston Fox won 6-0, 6-0, while at doubles No. 2, Westmoreland and Riddle won 6-0, 1-6, 7-5.

In boys play, Corey Tobin won his fourth straight match at the singles No. 1 slot, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Matthew Scott lost at the No. 2 singles position, 6-2, 1-6, 1-6; and Daniel won at the singles No. 3 position, 6-2, 6-2.

Avery Andrews and Nathan Slocum lost in doubles No. 1 play, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, while Adam Harper and Christian O’Dell fell, 2-6, 0-6 at the No. 2 doubles line.

The girls are now 10-0 and the boys are 7-3.

Excel girls win, 3-2

The Eagles have already played two matches this week against Fellowship Christian and Walker.

The girls defeated Fellowship Christian Monday 3-2, while the boys lost 1-4, but neither team was able to pick up a win Tuesday at home as each team lost 1-4 in region play.

“You can tell by the scores we are losing some close matches. It’s a matter of time before we start playing smarter. We need to get some consistency. A lot of times the losses are because they are not mentally tough and that comes with match play,” Excel head coach Mark Hibbard. “The Walker loss is tough because it hurts us in the seeding for the region tournament. The thing is, this team has the talent to go in as a three seed and win it.”

Against Fellowship Christian, at the singles No. 1 line, Miriam Hibbard won 6-1, 6-3; at the singles No. 2 line, Callaway Ford lost 3-6, 3-6, and at the singles No. 3 position, Tessa Thornborough won 6-4, 6-7, 11-9.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Caroline Moore and Taylor Vaughn won 6-2, 1-6, 11-9, while at doubles No. 2, Sarah Bradley and Dianna Davison lost 2-6, 2-6.

In boys play, Cade Archer lost at the singles No. 1 slot, 2-6, 6-4, 8-10; Sam Kirkland lost at the No. 2 singles position, 6-7, 5-7; and Simon Morris won at the singles No. 3 position, 6-3, 6-4.

Michael Serris and Vince DaCamara lost in No. 1 doubles play, 4-6, 3-6, while John Berry and Tyler Demmers fell, 1-6, 2-6, at the doubles No. 2 line.

Against Walker, Hibbard won, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 1 line position; Ford lost, 3-6, 2-6 at the No. 2 line; and Thornborough lost 6-7, 6-4, 8-10 at the singles No. 3 line position.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Moore and Vaughn lost 2-6, 2-6, while the doubles line 2 was lost by Bradley and Davidson, 6-3, 6-3.

In boys play, Archer won at the singles No. 1 line 6-3, 3-6, 10-7; Kirkland lost at the No. 2 line 3-6, 5-7; and at line 3 singles Morris lost 6-7, 6-0, 11-13.

In doubles No. 1 play, Serris and DaCamara lost 2-6, 0-6. In doubles line 2 play, Berry and Demmers lost 2-6, 2-6.

The boys are now 1-4 and the girls are 3-2 on the season.