Woodland splits tennis against North Paulding
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Woodland split in its final region tennis match of the year, the girls defeating North Paulding 3-2 while the boys fell 1-4.

Both teams return to the nets after spring break, when they begin region play Tuesday, April 17, at the Lost Mountain Tennis Center.

Beth Heath, girls head tennis coach, said her players played hard and closed out their season 11-1 over and 9-1 in region play.

“We’ll go into region play seeded No. 2,” she said. “We have to finish in the top four in order to go to state.”

The girls doubles teams both picked up victories and a singles player accounted for the third win.

The Woodland boys team fell 1-4.

Kevin Tant said the loss drops his team into a three-way tie for third place in its region.

“We’ll have to work hard over the break to make sure we’re ready,” Tant said.

Lady Wildcats 3, North Paulding 1

For Woodland, at the singles No. 1 line, Erin Marratta lost 1-6, 1-6 to Abi Whaldman.

Heath said the two both battled hard.

“The score doesn’t tell you anything about the match played,” Heath said.

At the singles No. 2 line, Woodland’s Katie Abernathy defeated Sydney Leverette 6-3, 6-4.

At the singles No. 3 line, Woodland’s Somalia Lewis was defeated by Jordan Lummuc, 6-1, 6-1.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Suzy Beltran and LeArian Turner won in three hours as they defeated Starr Cortez and Brooke Whitmore, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.

At the doubles No. 2 line, Karlie Abernathy and Ashlyn Walker outscored Josie Mueller and Carly Vann, 6-2, 6-0.

North Paulding 4, Woodland 1

Woodland picked up its sole victory at the singles No. 2 line against North Paulding.

Griffin Hale claimed his victory, 6-0, 6-0.

The Wildcats lost at the singles No. 1 line, where Brandon Rutledge fell, 0-6, 0-6, and at the singles No. 3 line, where Grayson Roberts was dropped, 1-6, 2-6.

At the doubles No. 1 line, Dustin Coffey and Tanner Self lost, 0-6, 4-6. At the doubles No. 2 line, Albert McKnight and Phelan Philpot fell, 1-6, 3-6.

Woodland closed out its season with a 7-3 region record.

“We’re in a tie and I’m not sure how we’ll come out when they use their tiebreakers,” Tant said.

The coach said the team will use the break to prepare for the region tournament.

He said Skylar Henderson, who normally plays doubles, appears to be healing.

“He said he can put some weight on his ankle,” Tant said. “Maybe it will be healed in time for the region tournament.”

Henderson injured his ankle during a match this week.