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April 17, 2013

Prep roundup: Rivalry win helps North Murray boys tennis take second in region

North Murray High School’s boys tennis team finished second in the Region 5-3A tournament at Cartersville’s Dellinger Park, losing to Cartersville in the championship after a thrilling win over Coahulla Creek in the semifinals.

Cartersville won the title match 3-1, with a fifth court still in progress when the Purple Hurricanes clinched the title. The No. 2 doubles team of Mark Lents and Wesley Ross got the lone win for North Murray, 6-4, 6-2, but the Mountaineers will still host in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament when it begins next week.

Against Coahulla Creek, the Mountaineers (15-3) got a singles win from No. 1 Drew Mosteller, 6-0, 6-0, and a doubles victory from No. 1 Jacob Ledford and Alex Ellis, 6-3, 6-4. Coahulla Creek countered with singles wins from No. 2 Jake Mathis, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 3 Alex Jarjoura to knot the match at 2-2 with the No. 2 doubles match left to decide the outcome.

Lents and Ross lost the first set 4-6, but battled back with a 6-1 win in the second before being pushed to a tiebreaker in the third. The duo won 7-1 in the tiebreaker to deliver the Mountaineers the 3-2 overall victory.

“It got a little rowdy,” Mosteller said of the doubles match as both teams’ players gathered around the court. “Everyone was getting into it, and it was just everyone wanting to win and being competitive. We were dancing when they won.”

The Mountaineers will host the No. 3 seed from Region 8-3A in the first round. North Murray coach Amanda Bynum said Region 8-3A will hold its tournament later this week.

Coahulla Creek’s girls finished third, while the boys were fourth.

In the third-place match, the Colts (10-7) lost 3-1 to Sonoraville, getting a singles win from Jarjoura, 6-3, 6-0.

The Lady Colts (8-9) were swept 3-0 by Cartersville in the semifinals but rebounded to defeat Adairsville 3-2 for third place, sweeping singles with wins from No. 1 Erin Orem, 6-0, 6-1, No. 2 Katherine Sheppard, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), and No. 3 Vanessa Suarez, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2.

It’s the first trip to state for both Coahulla Creek squads, who will travel in the opening round.

“I like the determination of the girls to keep pushing forward,” Coa-hulla Creek coach Laura Jager said.

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