Woodland netters sweep Hiram, 5-0
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Woodland swept Hiram in boys and girls high school tennis play Thursday, both pitching 5-0 shutouts.

Beth Heath, girls head coach, said her girls had to overcome windy conditions in their matches.

At the singles No. 1 line, Erin Marratta defeated Monica Gomez, 6-1, 6-3; while at the singles No. 2 line, Katie Abernathy swept past Rebecca Reardon, 6-1, 6-0. At the singles No. 3 line, Somalia Lewis defeated Tyla Hollis, 6-1, 6-1

At the doubles No. 1 line, Suzy Beltran and LeArian Turner handled September Mason and Rebecca Mitchell, 6-2, 6-3. At the doubles No. 2 line, Karlie Abernathy and Alaina Ellis defeated NeAsia McKinley and Madison Beasley, 6-0, 6-1.

“We were able to stay focused and that was important,” Heath said. “We had the wind to battle but it was not as bad as Tuesday. You have to completely change your game. Today, facing one direction the wind was at your back and on the other side, it was in your face. They had to make plenty of adjustments, but they played smart. They hit it softly when they needed to and hard when they needed to.

“I like to use the word solid because we played some solid tennis today.”

The Lady Wildcats are now 8-1 in their region and 9-1 overall.

Next up is North Paulding if weather permits the teams to meet today.

Heath expects a challenge when the teams meet.

“They beat us twice last year,” Heath said. “They’re tough.”

Woodland 5, Hiram 0

The Woodland boys also swept all their opponents in earning a 5-0 victory.

At the No. 1 singles line, Brandon Rutledge won 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 singles line, Griffin Hale took 6-0, 6-0 victories; and Grayson Roberts picked up a pair of 6-2, 6-2 wins.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Tanner Self and Skylar Henderson overpowered their opponents, 6-2, 6-2, while at the No. 2 doubles line. Dustin Coffey and Albert McKnight went 6-0, 6-3.

The boys now have a 7-2 region record and are 8-2 overall.

They are to play North Paulding today with a rain date of Thursday.

Kevin Tant said Thursday’s victory was a good one for the team, especially for Rutledge.

“Hiram had strong line one play,” Tant said. “Brandon had to step up [his play] a good bit against his opponent, but he did it in fine form.

“He dominated the second set and I was very pleased with that.”