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Cartersville tennis teams combine to start 13-1
by Ericka Birdsong
March 20, 2013 10:18 AM | 1542 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville’s Nathan Slocum returns a shot in practice.
Cartersville’s Nathan Slocum returns a shot in practice.
After seven matches apiece, the Cartersville boys’ and girls’ tennis teams had only one loss between them last week as the boys fell to Wheeler 3-2 in their season opener.

“This was their first match of the season. Our lines that struggled were rather new in their positions,” said head coach Melissa Moore.

“Coach Staphanie Earick and I are extremely pleased with how the team is playing this year. They are focused on their goals which include winning region and going to state,” said Moore.

Even though the team has done well, Moore said there are factors of the game – serving, net play and footwork – which can always use improvements.

According to Moore, there are several players on the tennis team that are doing great things; one has even signed a scholarship to play in college.

Senior Trevor Gotkowski plays first singles for the boys and is undefeated in match play.

“He is a backbone for our team and amazing to watch as he exhibits excellent sportsmanship and skill. He has high expectations for himself and for his teammates,” Moore said.

Gotkowski has signed with Wofford College in South Carolina.

Sophomore Darian DeFrench plays first singles for the girls and is also undefeated this year.

“Darian has a strong serve and a great understanding of the mechanics and psychology of the game. Very supportive of her teammates as well,” said Moore.

Junior Mallory Walker plays second singles for the ‘Canes.

“She is focused on her game, supportive of her teammates, and always looks for ways to improve her game,” said Moore.

Sophomore twins Annabeth and Charleston Fox play first doubles. Moore said these two are “strong servers with a great net game”.

“The twins are the essence of calm and focused. They know the game well...They consistently work on both their weaknesses and their strengths. They are real team players,” Moore said.

Even though these players may stand out as being the key players and most experienced on the team, Moore said all of the players do their best to stay closely knit. Despite the separation of boys and girls, singles and couples, they work as one team.

“Their major strength is that they know that they are in it as a team. They are very supportive of one another. They really behave like a big family. They also persevere. I have yet to witness them give up on themselves or each other,” said Moore.

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