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Local teams win opening state tennis matches
by Greg Oshust
May 01, 2014 10:13 AM | 1073 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Daniel Gray helped lead Pace to a 3-0 victory over Aquinas in the first round of the Class A private school boys' playoffs last Thursday. Gray teamed up with Josh Nash to win 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.
Special Photo / Daniel Gray helped lead Pace to a 3-0 victory over Aquinas in the first round of the Class A private school boys' playoffs last Thursday. Gray teamed up with Josh Nash to win 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.
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A number of local teams began their quest for championships as the state tennis playoffs began last week.

Westminster got its defense of its Class AA girls’ title off to a strong start with a 3-0 victory over Social Circle in a first-round match last Tuesday.

“We worked hard during the regular season and were lucky enough to win the Region 6AA tournament and lock up that No. 1 seed. Westminster girls’ coach Scoot Dimon said. “Social Circle was good, but we managed to pull away in both singles and doubles.”

The Wildcats advanced to play Murray County Monday. Results of the match were not available at press time.

Likewise, the Westminster boys advanced as well to continue its defense of the AA boys’ crown after defeating Washington-Wilkes 5-0 in a first-round contest last Thursday.

The Wildcats hosted Pepperell in a second-round match Monday. Results of the match were not available at press time.

Lovett also moved ahead in both the AA boys’ and girls’ playoffs, with both teams beating Rabun County by identical 4-0 scores. Both squads advanced to second-round matches with Calhoun sometime this week.

The Pace boys were another local team that advanced as they defeated Aquinas 3-0 in the first round of the Class A private school boys’ playoffs last Thursday.

The Knights will host either Christian Heritage or Providence in a second-round match. The date of the match was not determined at press time.

Holy Innocents’ joined Pace in the Class A private school second round after beating First Presbyterian 4-0 last Thursday and will take on either Savannah Country Day or Strong Rock sometime this week.

Pace and Holy Innocents’ also advanced with first-round wins in the Class A private school girls’ playoffs.

Holy Innocents’ defeated Savannah Country Day 5-0 last Wednesday and will play either Mount Pisgah or Prince Avenue in the second round, while Pace also advanced with a 3-0 win over Aquinas last Thursday to advance to a second-round match with either Whitefield or Athens Academy.

“The girls were focused and played well,” Pace girls’ coach Sara Eden said. “We are going to play one match at a time and go after our goal of seeing how far we can get in the state tournament.”

In the AAAAA boys’ playoffs, North Atlanta defeated Heritage of Conyers 4-1 to advance to a second-round match at Northview.

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