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Westminster, Lovett, Pace among tennis semifinalists
by Greg Oshust
May 07, 2013 03:43 PM | 1434 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several local teams are still in the running for championships as the state tennis playoffs head into the semifinal round this week.

Three-time defending Class AA boys’ champion Westminster took one step closer to a fourth consecutive title after defeating Region 6AA rival Greater Atlanta Christian 3-0 in a AA quarterfinal match last Tuesday.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play Bleckley County in the AA semifinals Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

Lovett fell short of joining Westminster in the AA boys’ semis after losing to Wesleyan 3-2 last Tuesday.

Westminster and Lovett both made it to the AA girls’ semifinal round.

The Wildcats beat Greater Atlanta Christian 3-1 in the quarterfinals last Tuesday and were scheduled to play Berrien in the semis. The match was scheduled to be played by Wednesday.

Lovett will join its archrival in the AA semifinals after a 3-2 victory over Wesleyan — its first win of the season over its 6AA rival after losing the first two matchups.

“Our girls have lost in the quarterfinals several years in a row and it feels good to be able to finally advance to the semifinals,” Lovett coach Ricky Davis said. “After losing twice already to Wesleyan this season, it is a great feeling to win on our third try. Beating a great Wesleyan team is a very difficult task. There was some great tennis played by both teams.”

The Lions went on to beat Screven County 5-0 in the semfinals Monday and will face the winner of the Westminster-Berrien match in the AA finals at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro Saturday.

The Pace boys advanced to the final four among the Class A private schools after defeating Providence 3-0 in its quarterfinal match last Tuesday.

The Knights face a daunting task in their semifinal match as they host powerhouse First Presbyterian Day Wednesday.

“First Presbyterian Day is loaded,” Pace coach Neil DeRosa said “Right now, they are the favorite to win state. We match up pretty well with them, but their kids are ranked higher at every line. It will be the biggest challenge of the year. It will take our best tennis to win this round. The guys have done a solid job of preparing this year. It will be a question of who is playing well on semifinal day.”

Pace’s girls’ team is also a Class A private school semifinalist after beating Darlington 3-1 last Thursday.

The Lady Knights were scheduled to host Walker Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

In AAA, St. Pius X and Blessed Trinity made it to the semifinal round in both the boys’ and girls’ playoffs.

In the boys’ competition, Blessed Trinity defeated Woodward 3-1 in the quarterfinals last Tuesday and was scheduled to play Savannah Arts. The match was scheduled to be played by Wednesday.

St. Pius beat Buford 3-0 in quarterfinal action last Wednesday and was scheduled to play Brantley County. The match was scheduled to be played by Wednesday.

On the girls’ side, Blessed Trinity beat Buford 3-0 last Tuesday and was scheduled to play Savannah Arts. The match was scheduled to be played by Wednesday.

Woodward defeated St. Pius 3-2 last Wednesday and was scheduled to play at Pierce County. The match is scheduled to be played by Wednesday.

Marist defeated Dalton 4-0 in the AAAA girls’ quarterfinals last Thursday and was scheduled to host Richmond Academy in a semifinal match. The match was scheduled to be played by Wednesday.

Weber finished runner-up in the GISA Class AAA girls’ tournament in Macon last Monday. It was only the second time that one of the school’s teams had reached the state finals.

The Rams defeated Bulloch 3-0 in the quarterfinals and Deerfield-Windsor 3-1 in the semifinals before losing to Westfield 3-2 in the finals.

The Weber boys' lost to Westminster of Augusta 3-1 in the GISA AAA boys' quarterfinals.
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