Cass, Woodland win; Excel splits
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The Cass boys and girls tennis teams came home winners Tuesday as both won each of their five matches at Gilmer without dropping a set.

At the singles No. 1 line for the girls, Ryleigh Lanham won 6-1, 6-0; at the singles No. 2 line, Aleigh Beard won 6-0, 6-1, and at the singles No. 3 position, Jessica Frank won 6-3, 6-1.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Flower Nation and Morgan Mayton won 6-4, 6-0, while at doubles No. 2, Callie Dodd and Hannah Howard won 6-3, 6-0.

“I’m proud of the girls that they are undefeated,” Cass girls head coach Brooke McDurmon said. “Although we are undefeated, we are still taking it one match at a time.”

In boys play, Avery Cornett won at the singles No. 1 slot, 6-1, 6-0; Eric Dunlap won at the singles No. 2 position, 6-4, 7-6; and Jacob McBrayer won at the singles No. 3 position, 7-5, 6-1.

Logan Barrere and Josh Musilli won in doubles No. 1 play, 6-1, 6-4, while Caleb Reeves and Seth Colston won, 7-6, 6-2, at the doubles No. 2 line.

The teams will be back in action Friday at Hamilton Crossing Park against LaFayette.

Woodland 5, Paulding 0

Woodland swept Paulding County in boys and girls tennis play Tuesday, both local teams earning 5-0 victories.

Beth Heath, girls tennis team head coach, said her players turned in good performances and played near the top of their games.

Kevin Tant said his boys teams must continue to improve if they hope to be competitive against the top teams in their region, who are waiting for them in the next two weeks.

The Lady Wildcats improved to 7-0 overall with the victory and are now 6-0 in Region 5A-AAAAA.

“My girls played very well,” Heath said. “It’s tough to keep the level of your game above your opponents sometimes but they were able to do that.”

At the singles No. 1 line, Erin Marratta won 6-3, 6-1; at singles No. 2 line Katie Abernathy won 6-0, 6-0; and at singles No. 3 Somalia Lewis earned her wins 6-1, 6-1.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Suzy Beltran and LeArian Turner picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory, while at the doubles No. 2 line Karlie Abernathy and Alaina Ellis won 6-0, 6-0.

In boys play at the singles No. 1 line, Brandon Rutledge won 6-0, 6-0 at the singles No. 2 line, Griffin Hale earned 6-1, 6-2 victories; and at the singles No. 3 line, Albert McKnight walked off with 6-0, 6-0 wins.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Grayson Roberts and Tanner Self won 6-0, 6-0, while at the doubles No. 2 line Dustin Coffey and Skylar Henderson picked up 6-0, 6-0 victories.

Woodland improved to 6-1 overall and is 5-1 in its region.

Tant said the boys play wasn’t as consistent as it needs to be.

“We were playing safe today,” the coach said. “We can’t do that against Allatoona, Rome and North Paulding. I’m looking for them to step up their play in the next couple of days.”

The Woodland girls travel to Allatoona on Thursday while the Woodland boys host Allatoona.

The winners will emerge as the No. 1 teams in their region standings.

Excel splits

Callaway Ford picked up her first victory of the season to help Excel split its matches with Christian Heritage in high school tennis Tuesday.

Ford plays the singles No. 2 line for the Lady Eagles, and head coach Mark Hibbard said she has been improving all season.

“It was a good win for her,” he said. “She has been playing much more consistently and smarter for us.”

Ford picked up her victory 6-2, 6-2.

In other girls singles play, at the No. 1 line Miriam Hibbard won 6-3, 6-3 while at line 3 Tessa Thornborough came from behind to win 4-6, 7-5, 11-9.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Caroline Moore and Taylor Vaughn earned their victory 6-2, 5-7, 10-6. At the No. 2 doubles line, Sarah Bradley and Dianna Davidson came up short 3-6, 0-6.

In boys play, Cade Archer fell 3-6, 2-6 at the No. 1 singles line. Sam Kirkland was defeated 0-6, 3-6 at the No. 2 singles line and Simon Morris lost 1-6, 1-6 at the No. 3 singles line.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Vince DaCamara and Michael Ferris lost 0-6, 0-6, while at the No. 2 doubles line Tyler Demers and John Berry lost 1-6, 2-6.

Hibbard said his girls team is having more success so far this season.

“My No. 1 singles player is playing well enough to win but she hasn’t gotten as consistent as she needs,” he said.

He said his No. 1 doubles team continues to battle its opponents.

“They just find a way to win,” he said. “It doesn’t shock me three of the five matches they’ve won came in third-set tiebreakers.”

Excel’s boys teams haven’t found their games yet.

“This is the first time we’ve been swept 0-5 in a long time,” Hibbard said. “Our boys teams have to get in there and fight.”

He said he has been telling the boys to keep working on their games and try to master them.

“My doubles boys have to play a lot of tennis. The other teams seem to have more understanding. I’m telling to just play more and it’ll come around.”

Excel next plays Thursday when it competes against Mt. Paran in a region match.