March 14, 2014

Prep roundup: Dalton boys tennis sweeps, coach nearing milestone

Dalton High School’s boys tennis team won twice Friday at the LaGrange Invitational to reach today’s tournament semifinals.

The Catamounts beat LaGrange 3-2 before rolling over Harris County 5-0, improving to 8-2 in the process.

“We’re getting better every match,” said Dalton coach David Hilley, who now has 299 victories in boys and girls tennis at the school.

“We had some guys come out late because of basketball. We played well today. LaGrange had a very good team. ... I’ve been real pleased with the way we’ve played.”

Against LaGrange, Jacob Johnson had Dalton’s lone singles win, a 6-1, 6-2 victory on the No. 1 court. The Cats swept doubles with wins from No. 1 Will Alderman and Ryan Harper, 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, (10-8), and No. 2 Thomas DeLay and Sam Dyer, 6-0, 6-4.

Against Harris County, singles wins came from No. 1 Johnson, 6-2, 6-3, No. 2 Shazman Ali, 6-3, 6-4, and No. 3 Nathan Bryant, 6-0, 6-3, while in doubles No. 1 Alderman and Harper won 6-0, 6-0, and No. 2 DeLay and Dyer won 6-0, 6-0.

Hilley didn’t know the Cats’ opponent in the semifinals, but said they would play at 8:30 a.m. at the Granger Tennis Center. They’ll play another match after that, either going for the title or third place.

The Lady Cats will play just once today — they’ll take on Heard County at 11 a.m. — after losing 4-1 to North Hall and 5-0 to Calhoun on the opening day of the tournament.

The lone court victory for Dalton’s girls came from Anna Grace Wilson, who won 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 singles versus North Hall.

“The girls are 5-5 but everyone we’ve lost to are good teams,” Hilley said. “We haven’t lost to a team we definitely should’ve beaten, and our losses were against really good teams.”

n Results from North Murray’s boys and girls matches with visiting Gilmer were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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