The girls team won easily, 5-0, while the boys team won all of its single matches in a 3-2 victory.
“My assistant coach, Stephanie Erick, and I are extremely proud of both the teams to go onto the second round of state,” Cartersville head coach Melissa Moore said.
For the girls, in singles play at the No. 1 line, Mallory Walker won 6-2, 6-1, while at the No. 2 line Kenly King won 6-0, 6-0. At the singles No. 3 line, Taylor Riddle won 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 in a third-set tiebreaker.
At the doubles No. 1 line, Annabeth and Charleston Fox won 6-0, 6-3 while at doubles No. 2, Haley Landrum and Kendyl Westmoreland won 6-2, 6-0.
“The scores don’t reflect the level of play the other team brought with them,” Moore said. “They played hard. We had a lot of girls who were on top of things today.”
In boys play, Corey Tobin won at the No. 1 singles line, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
“His was the match that won it,” Moore said. “He won it for us today.
“lt was the last match. He fought three hard sets.”
In doubles No. 1 play, Avery Andrews and Nathan Slocum lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-7, while at doubles No. 2 Adam Harper and Christian O’Dell lost in three sets.
The girls team will advance and host Woodward Academy on Monday while the boys team will host Oconnee County in the second round.
Woodland girls fall to Cambridge
Cambridge High reached the semifinals of the state tournament last year and returned much of the talent.
As a result, the Woodland girls tennis team did not stand much of a chance Wednesday at Cambridge High in the first round of the state tournament as the girls team was unable to win a match in the season ending defeat.
“We got stomped,” head coach Beth Heath said. “We played against a really good tennis team today. We didn’t score but two games. We were just overmatched and outclassed [Wednesday].
The team still finished with a 13-3 record and earned the third seed in Region 5-AAAAA.
“The season as a whole was phenomenal,” Heath said. “A 13-3 overall record is not anything to hang our heads about. We just came across a really great tennis team today.
“It is heartbreaking but they played until the last point. They never quit, so I was proud of them.”