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Blessed Trinity wins sixth straight state title
by Greg Oshust
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Special / Sam Tasanasanta / The Blessed Trinity girls’ tennis team celebrates their Class AAA state championship.
Special / Sam Tasanasanta / The Blessed Trinity girls’ tennis team celebrates their Class AAA state championship.
Blessed Trinity continued its girls’ tennis dynasty with its sixth consecutive state championship after winning the Class AAA title at the state girls’ tennis finals at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro last Saturday.

The Titans won a tough 3-2 decision over Region 6AAA rival St. Pius X to claim their sixth championship in a row and seventh in the last eight years.

“It’s really special to me, because it’s my fourth year coaching this program, so I feel that these are all my kids and they did a phenomenal job,” Blessed Trinity coach Alan Keel said. “I don’t think we were as talented as in years past, but there’s a lot of heart and some very, very good tennis players. The girls really battled, so it’s very, very exciting.”

Blessed Trinity got most of their wins in doubles, where Kelly Higgins and Jessica Hyland defeated St. Pius duo Caroline Hicks and Rachel Provost 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles and Megan Foye and Caroline Macolino beat Grace Lennon and Sydney Lalomia 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

The Titans lost two of the three singles matches, however, as Nicole Haigwood lost to St. Pius’ Jennifer Lieb 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Julia Tasanasanta fell to Blaine Boaz 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

It was No. 3 singles that proved to be the clincher for Blessed Trinity as Monica Estep defeated Barrett Batson 6-1, 6-3 to give the Titans their sixth straight state crown.

It was yet another tough match between the two region rivals, with Blessed Trinity winning the first battle during the regular season and losing in the 6AAA finals – all by 3-2 scores.

“It actually came out the way I expected it, because it was the way all the others had,” Keel said. “I could have said the score was 3-2, only I didn’t know who would have three and who would have two.”

While Blessed Trinity loses four seniors – including three who played in the championship match – Keel said he is optimistic about who he has coming back next year.

“I’ll only have two seniors next year, so we’ll be young next year,” Keel said. “We had a lot of underclassmen play and the experience is there. Our [junior varsity] is usually pretty strong, so we’ll fill in those gaps pretty quickly.”

The Northview boys were also crowned state champion after defeating Pope 3-1 to win the AAAAA boys’ title.

The Titans won both doubles matches, with Will Clausen and Gabe Caron earning a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ryan Heins and Dominic Allen at No. 1 doubles and Jeremy Yuan and Joseph Zang claiming a 6-1, 6-2 win over Harrison Watkins and Mark Fisher at No. 2 doubles.

Josh Slovin scored a 6-1, 6-0 win over Chase Forbes at No. 3 singles for Northview, which won its first state boys’ tennis title since 2009 and fifth in school history.

The Alpharetta girls’ lost to Walton 3-1 in the AAAAAA girls’ championship match, with Ellen Jang-Milsten getting the lone win for the Raiders at No. 1 singles.

The Cambridge girls’ also fell just short in their bid for a state title with a 3-1 loss to Starr’s Mill in the AAAAA finals. Brenna Feirer and Kiley Dempsey secured the Bears’ only win at No. 1 doubles.

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