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Teams advance in opening week of state tennis playoffs
by Greg Oshust
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Westminster’s Matt White hits a backhand during the Wildcats’ first-round Class AA state boys’ tennis playoff match with Pepperell last Tuesday.
Staff / Nathan Self
Westminster’s Matt White hits a backhand during the Wildcats’ first-round Class AA state boys’ tennis playoff match with Pepperell last Tuesday.
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Westminster and Lovett both made it to the Class AA girls’ quarterfinals after the first week of play in the state tennis playoffs.

The Westminster girls’ swept through the first two rounds in convincing fashion, defeating Pepperell 3-0 in the first round last Tuesday and Washington-Wilkes by an identical margin in a second-round match last Thursday.

The Wildcats will now host Region 6AA rival Greater Atlanta Christian in a quarterfinal contest Tuesday. Results were not available as of press time.

“The girls are really focused right now, practicing hard and taking it one match at a time,” Westminster girls’ coach Scoot Dimon said.

Lovett joined its archrival in the AA quarterfinals after beating Armuchee 5-0 in the first round last Monday and Jefferson 3-0 in a second-round matchup last Thursday.

Like Westminster, the Lions faced a 6AA foe in their quarterfinal contest as they play Wesleyan Tuesday. Results were not available of press time.

In the AA boys’ tournament, Westminster defeated Coosa in the first round last Tuesday and Rabun County in the second round last Friday by identical 5-0 scores

The Wildcats were scheduled to play either Greater Atlanta Christian or Jefferson in the second round.

Lovett secured a spot in the AA boys’ quarterfinals after beating Armuchee 5-0 in the first round and Riverside Military by the same score in the second round last Thursday.

The Lions will now face Wesleyan in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Results were not available as of press time.

Pace made it to the quarterfinals in both the Class A private school boys’ and girls’ playoffs with first-round victories last Thursday.

Both Pace teams won by 3-0 margins, with the boys beating Calvary Baptist and the girls triumphing against First Presbyterian Day.

“Our seniors have played some big matches in Class A over the past few seasons, including the state finals three years ago, and will be able to handle the occasion,” Pace boys’ coach Neil DeRosa said. “Matches from the quarters on will be tight. In my mind, there is no dominant team and as a result, there will be a lot of split sets. It’s the team that can take those third sets that will make it through.”

The Knights faced Providence Christian in the boys’ quarterfinals Tuesday. Results were not available as of press time.

The Pace girls' take on Darlington Thursday.

Holy Innocents’ lost its first-round matches in both the Class A boys’ and girls’ private school playoffs last Wednesday. The boys’ team were defeated by Brookstone 5-0 and the girls’ squad fell to First Presbyterian Day 3-0.

Galloway was scheduled to play its first-round Class A private school playoff match at Savannah Country Day Monday. The results were not available as of press time.

In the AAA girls’ playoffs, St. Pius X will host Woodward Wednesday in a quarterfinal matchup that features a pair of 6AAA rivals.

St. Pius won its first two matches by identical 3-0 margins — beating Banks County in the first round last Tuesday and Cartersville in the second round last Thursday.

Woodward won 3-2 in its opening two contests — winning over North Hall in the first round last Tuesday and North Oconee in round two last Thursday.

St. Pius defeated Banks County 3-0 in the first round of the AAA boys’ playoffs last Tuesday and beat North Oconee 3-2 last Friday to advance to a quarterfinal showdown with Buford Wednesday.

Woodward opened the AAA boys’ competition with a 4-1 victory over West Hall last Tuesday and then beat Oconee County 3-2 in a second-round match last Friday.

The War Eagles will go on the road to play Blessed Trinity, which beat North Hall 3-0 in the first round last Monday and Cartersville 4-1 last Thursday. The date of the match was not determined as of press time.

The Blessed Trinity girls beat West Hall 5-0 in the first round of the AAA girls’ playoffs and beat Franklin County by a similar score in a second-round match last Friday.

The Titans will host Buford in a quarterfinal match this week. The date of the match was not available as of press time.

Marist advanced to the second round of both the AAAA boys’ and girls’ playoffs, with the boys’ team defeating Heritage of Catoosa 4-0 last Monday and the girls’ squad beating LaFayette 3-0 last Tuesday.

While the Marist girls defeated Columbus 3-0 Monday to advance to a quarterfinal match with Dalton, the boys' squad lost to Columbus 3-2 Monday.

North Atlanta also won both their boys’ and girls’ matches in the first round of the AAAAA playoffs. The boys defeated Kell 4-1 and the girls beat Pope 3-2 last Tuesday.

The Warriors also swept their second-round matches Monday, with the boys defeating Winder-Barrow 5-0 and the girls beating Heritage of Conyers 4-0.

The North Atlanta girls played Cambridge in the AAAAA girls' quarterfinals Tuesday. Results were not available as of press time.

North Atlanta's boys will face Northview in a quarterfinal match Wednesday.

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