April 17, 2014

Prep tennis: Perfect Colts claim title in Region 5-3A

From Staff Reports

— Coahulla Creek High School’s boys tennis team only needed three years to win its first region championship.

The Colts remained undefeated through 19 matches as they beat host Cartersville 3-1 in the Region 5-3A tournament championship Thursday at Dellinger Park.

“We’re so excited about having the region title come to Coahulla Creek, and hopefully we’ll keep it there for a while,” said coach Matt Facey, who is in his first season leading the team.

The Colts, who topped Gordon Central 5-0 in the opening round on Wednesday, beat Adairsville 3-0 in Thursday morning’s semifinals.

With the title win, they became the second team at the Whitfield County school — which opened in 2011 — to claim a region championship, following up on the boys cross country team’s 5-3A title this past fall.

In the championship, Coahulla Creek swept doubles, with No. 1 Donovan Newby and Austin Turner winning 6-2, 6-1, and No. 2 Andy Dixon and Austin Lansing winning 6-1, 6-1. Their singles victory came from No. 3 Alex Jarjoura, who won 6-1, 6-1.

In the semifinals win, the Colts got singles wins from No. 1 Jake Mathis, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 2 Chase Lynch, 6-3, 6-1, and a doubles win from No. 2 doubles Dixon and Lansing, 6-4, 6-2.

Coahulla Creek’s girls finished runner-up in the region after beating Adairsville 4-1 in the semifinals but losing by the same score to Cartersville in the championship match.

In the semifinals, the Lady Colts (15-4) got doubles victories from No. 1 Alex Wilbanks and Vanessa Suarez, 6-4, 6-3, and No. 2 Olivia Hughes and Madison Zerbe, 7-5, 6-3, plus a singles win from No. 1 Erin Orem, 6-0, 6-2.

In the finals, Orem won 6-3, 6-2 on the No. 1 court.

Both teams had already clinched their second straight appearance in the Class 3A state tournament with Wednesday’s wins, but advancing to the championship matches assured them of hosting for the first round of state.

The Colts will host the No. 4 seed from Region 7, while the Lady Colts will host the No. 3 seed from the same region.

With opponents unknown, times and dates haven’t been set, but those matches must be completed no later than Thursday.

n In the Region 7-4A tournament at Lakeshore Park, host Dalton fell short in the boys and girls finals, but the runner-up finishes will put the Cats and Lady Cats back at home for the first round of the Class 4A state tournament next week.

The Lady Cats fell 3-2 to Cass in the title match, while River Ridge won its third straight region title and second in a row over the Cats by taking a 3-0 win.

Dalton’s boys are 15-5, while the girls are 10-10. Dalton’s teams will both host LaGrange — the No. 3 seed from Region 5-4A — in the first round on Tuesday at Lakeshore Park, with the time to be determined, Dalton coach David Hilley said.

“I am disappointed because I wanted both to win, and the girls had a good shot,” Hilley said. “But if you had told me at the first of the year that the girls would be playing for a region title, I would have told you, ‘No way.’”

The girls final gave the tournament a marathon ending thanks to the No. 2 singles match between Dalton’s Anna Grace Wilson and Cass’ Aleigh Beard. With rallies that went back and forth and back and forth, their three-set match went three hours and 30 minutes. Beard secured the region title for the Lady Colonels with a 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3 win over Wilson.

Dalton had taken a 2-1 lead early behind wins from No. 3 Olivia Dinges, 6-3, 6-2, and the No. 2 doubles team of Shelby Fromm and Mary Margaret Snipes, 6-1, 6-1.

Dalton’s boys advanced to the championship match with a 3-0 victory in the morning semifinals against Northwest Whitfield, which then lost 3-2 to Heritage-Catoosa in the third-place match.

Winning doubles matches in the semifinals for Dalton were No. 1 Ryan Harper and Will Alderman, 6-2, 6-2, against Cody Bourff and Blake Frankenberger, and No. 2 Thomas DeLay and Sam Dyer, 6-0, 6-3, against Santi Angel and James Zhong. Nathan Bryant won his No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-0 against Troy Poe.

Dalton No. 1 singles player Jacob Johnson won his first set 6-1 against Jacob Fredrickson before the match was called, while No. 2 Shazman Ali of Dalton and Triston Smith of Northwest didn’t finish their first set.

In Northwest’s third-place match, the Bruins got doubles victories from No. 1 Bourff and Frankenberger, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, and No. 2 Angel and Zhong, 7-5, 6-3.

Northwest’s boys will travel to face the Region 5-4A champion next week.

Dalton’s girls won 3-1 against Cedartown in the morning semifinals. Winning doubles matches for the Lady Catamounts were No. 1 Caroline Calfee and Mackenzie Creswell, 6-3, 6-1, and No. 2 Fromm and Snipes, 6-1, 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Dalton’s Wilson won 6-0, 6-0. Dinges led 6-2, 5-4 on the No. 3 singles court when play was stopped due to Dalton clinching a team win.

• In the Region 7-2A girls tournament championship, Murray County No. 1 singles player Greta Lazzarotto won 6-3, 6-4, and took the lone victory for the Lady Indians in the title match with Calhoun that was closer than the 4-1 score might indicate.

“Calhoun is a great team, so I was pleased with our finish,” coach Becky Quast said. “My No. 2 singles player Gabbie Bordelon took her match to three sets and we lost another set in a tiebreaker, so we had a strong day. It was fun, and I was very pleased.”

As the No. 2 seed from the region, the Lady Indians will host Bowdon — the No. 3 seed from Region 5 — in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament. The time and date for the match is still to be decided, but the first round must be completed by Thursday.

• Needing a win to keep its season going, Christian Heritage School’s girls team suffered a 3-1 loss at Acworth’s North Cobb Christian in a play-in match for next week’s Area 4-A tournament.

Christian Heritage was the No. 5 finisher in Sub-area 4A-A, while North Cobb Christian was the No. 4 finisher.

The lone win for the Lady Lions (6-6) came at No. 3 singles as Claudia Brumlow won 6-2, 6-0. The Lady Eagles swept doubles and won at No. 2 singles to clinch a victory before the No. 1 singles match was complete. Christian Heritage’s Tegan McEntire was ahead on that court, winning the first set and leading the second when the team match was called.

Christian Heritage’s boys, the Sub-area 4A-A champions, will compete in the Area 4-A tournament on Tuesday at Rome’s Darlington School.