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Mount Pisgah girls’ tennis maintains state elite status
by Greg Oshust
April 10, 2014 10:15 AM | 3178 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / Mount Pisgah Christian’s Stephanie Chalfant hits a shot during practice.
Staff / Erin Gray / Mount Pisgah Christian’s Stephanie Chalfant hits a shot during practice.
With state championships in 2011 and ’12 and a state runner-up finish last year, Mount Pisgah Christian has established itself as a dominant team in Class A girls’ tennis.

The Patriots are looking to maintain that status this year, despite losing five seniors from last year’s Class A runner-up squad.

Playing a schedule with a number of higher classification teams such as defending Class AAA champion Blessed Trinity as well as AAAAAA teams Alpharetta and Centennial, Mount Pisgah is 7-4 overall and 3-1 in Region 6A action.

For Mount Pisgah coach Ken Bomar, playing the higher classification teams is a way to get his team ready to meet the challenges it will face in the postseason.

“One of the strategies that we employ is that during the season, I schedule a lot of higher classification matches,” Bomar said.

“We’ve played Alpharetta, we’ve got Centennial, we’ve played Blessed Trinity. This week, we play [Class AAAAA team] Pope. We had Greater Atlanta Christian. Last year, we played [AA team] Lovett. So, sort of our philosophy is that if you play the better teams in the state during the season, it puts you in a better position once tournament time comes.”

Bomar said he is proud of what Mount Pisgah has accomplished in girls’ tennis in the last several years with its two state titles and runner-up finish.

“We feel good about where the program has gotten to be the past four or five years and I think we’ll be able to sustain this level,” Bomar said. “Whether we’ll play there at that level or not remains to be seen, because that’s a very different thing. But, we think we can be competitive with any Class A school in the state and a lot of schools in classifications above us.”

While the Patriots were hurt by the loss of their five seniors from a year ago, they did receive a boost from the return of senior stalwarts Aryn Greene and Samantha Russell – who took off their junior years to concentrate on junior tennis in their quest for college scholarships.

Greene, who has signed with Alabama, is undefeated at No. 1 singles with an 8-0 record and has remained unbeaten her entire high school career.

Russell, a Wofford signee, has been nearly as effective at No. 2 singles with an 8-1 mark.

Junior Alex Barry and freshman Mary Fountain share duties at No. 3.

The doubles picture has yet to be settled, with the Patriots using five different players for the two doubles teams.

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