The Adairsville boys defeated North Murray in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, 4-0. They lost to Coahulla Creek on Thursday morning, 3-0, then defeated Sonoraville, which had entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, on Thursday afternoon to claim the region’s No. 3 seed in the state playoffs.
Adairsville boys tennis coach Michael Roberson said it was a good victory for his program.
“It’s been a while since the boys have gone to the state tournament,” he said. “That was our goal at the beginning of the season. We felt like we had an opportunity because we’ve got four seniors on the team.”
The Tigers, who defeated Sonoraville, 3-0, had to prove their mettle in claiming the victory.
In two of the team’s winning matches, the winners came from behind.
“Dalton Witt, who plays at the No. 2 singles line, lost the first set and came back and won the second and third set,” Roberson said.
Adairsville’s Brett Gutkowski and Chris Hawkins, who make up the No. 1 doubles line, fell 4-6 in the first match but came back to win the final two matches 6-2, 6-2.
Austin Cobb and Charlie Johnson earned the third point for Adairsville with 6-3, 6-4 victories at the No. 2 doubles line.
Roberson said Peyton Cox lost the first set and came back to win the second set at singles No. 1. The Tigers collected their third point before his match was completed.
The coach said that ability to come from behind is one of the things that distinguishes his team.
“Most of the time my guys will just battle,” Roberson said. “I’m proud of them for that.”
Roberson said Adairsville approached the Sonoraville game with the intention of showing the Phoenix its best performance.
“We split with Sonoraville in the regular season so we were pretty evenly matched,” Roberson said. “Today we played them for third place and were able to beat them. Hopefully it will give us a little momentum going into the state playoffs.”
He said the Tigers will probably play Tuesday or Wednesday.
“We’ll definitely be on the road,” he said. “It’ll be a big challenge.”
Lady Tigers 3, LFO 1
The Adairsville girls tennis team also earned a No. 3 seeding, giving the Lady Tigers their second consecutive playoff spot, head girls tennis coach Brett Tolbert noted.
“Going into the season, our goal was to make it to state again,” Tolbert said. “Our No. 1 goal was to make it to state and No. 2 goal was to host. We fell short on our goal of hosting but we are going to state.”
The girls had opened the tournament by defeating Gordon Central, 5-0, on Wednesday. They fell to Coahulla Creek on Thursday but bounced back to overpower Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Thursday afternoon, 3-0.
Adairsville’s Katie Graf won at the singles No. 1 line, 6-0, 6-2, while Lexi Adams lost at the singles No. 3 line, 0-6, 5-7.
The Lady Tigers picked up their other victories at the No. 1 doubles line where Macy Upshaw and Elizabeth Davis won 6-4, 6-3; and at the No. 2 doubles line where McKenna Gulledge and Avery Hudson won 7-5, 6-3.
Tolbert said the girls will start focusing on their next opponent, who they will face on the road.
“We take it one game at a time,” he said. “Yesterday we worried about Gordon Central. We knocked them off and got a state bid. Today, our goal was to play in the championship game. We fell short there, but we won the No. 3 seed.
“It’s been a productive season. We’ve gotten better. It’s been a real good season.