In 2013, Coahulla Creek’s girls high school tennis team saw their season end on the road at Oconee County in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.
Friday in the second round of this year’s tournament, the Lady Warriors again were the team to end the Coahulla Creek season, taking a 3-0 win in Watkinsville. But coach Matt Facey hopes the second-round loss means the Lady Colts will advance at least to the state quarterfinals next season.
“We are looking forward to what we will have next year,” Facey said. “It is a very bright future for us, and knowing our improvement from basically the same team last year to this year’s team, we know that we moved ahead.”
Oconee County took victories at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 and No. 3 singles in straight sets to end the match.
Coahulla Creek No. 1 singles player Erin Orem was ahead 4-1 in the third set when play was suspended after the Lady Warriors clinched the third point.
Coahulla Creek (16-5) will lose just one senior — No. 2 doubles player Alex Wilbanks — from the team, and Facey said expectations will continue to grow.
“This year, we entered in knowing we had to get more intense, and we didn’t want to experience the disappointment of some of those matches that we had last year,” Facey said. “We are already talking about next year ... . We will be working over the summer, and they know what it means to put that individual work in over the next nine months.”
• Christian Heritage 1, Whitefield Academy 0: In the final game of the regular season, Christian Heritage’s Spencer Robbins did a little bit of everything as the Lions avenged an extra-innings loss to the Wolfpack earlier in the week.
Robbins pitched the complete-game shutout, giving up just three hits while striking out seven to get the win. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 on the night, and his infield single in the third inning drove in brother Ian Robbins for the game’s only run. Chase Tidwell was 2-for-3 to help pace the Christian Heritage (10-13) attack.
While things will not be official until the Georgia High School Association Class A private school power rankings are released on Tuesday, Christian Heritage coach Noah Stokes said the win was likely the final game of the year for the Lions.