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Westminster sweeps Class AA state tennis titles
by Greg Oshust
May 14, 2014 12:42 PM | 3070 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Carol Elizabeth Kerman helped Westminster win its second consecutive Class AA state girls’ tennis championship.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Carol Elizabeth Kerman helped Westminster win its second consecutive Class AA state girls’ tennis championship.
Westminster once again made a sweep of the Class AA team championships in the state tennis finals at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro last Saturday.

Westminster won its fourth consecutive boys’ title with a 3-0 victory over Region 6AA rival Greater Atlanta Christian.

“It’s always a thrill to win a state championship,” Westminster boys’ coach Wade Boggs said. “I’m proud of the team this year, because this year – like last year – we didn’t have a dominant No. 1 player that we can guarantee that with one point, we can walk out with four [individual matches won]. So it was a real team effort and everybody on the team contributed at one time or another during the season.”

The Wildcats were led by victories from Stephen Solms at No. 1 singles, Josh Doman at No. 2 singles and the duo of Connor Hutchins and Mac Griffith at No. 2 doubles.

Solms defeated Matthew Henderson 6-2, 6-0, while Doman beat Andrew Chitty 6-3, 6-3 and the team of Hutchins and Griffith won over T.J. Huff and Parker Bryant 6-3, 6-4.

osh Pinckney was winning at No. 3 singles as well as the No. 1 doubles team of Will Anderson and Brad Nagle when their matches were stopped after the Wildcats clinched all the individual matches they needed for the win.

“Everybody did what they needed to do,” Boggs said. “We had good team camaraderie. It was one of those years where all the combinations seemed to work out.”

The Westminster boys are primed for a run at a fifth straight title as they return most of their players next year.

“We’re losing Stephen Solms and Will Anderson and they will be hard to replace,” Boggs said.

“But, we also have some talent coming up from the middle school. Our motto is ‘Reload, not rebuild.’ So that’s what we’re hoping to do next year.”

The Westminster girls’ also maintained their hold on the championship trophy after beating 6AA rival Wesleyan 3-0 to win the AA crown for the second year in a row.

Leading the way for the Wildcats were Julie Fowler at No. 1 singles. Carol Elizabeth Kerman at No. 2 singles and the duo of Kay Crawford and Becca Stuart at No. 1 doubles.

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