CONYERS - The Heritage tennis teams took a step up in class on Wednesday, hosting Class AAAAA power Brookwood as they begin their final preparations for the upcoming Region 8-AAAA Tournament.
The Heritage boys fell to 12-4 on the season with a 4-1 setback, while the Heritage girls dropped a 5-0 decision and are now 11-4 overall.
In the boys match, Jonathan Stone was the only winner for the Patriots, chalking up a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles.
Zach Landy fell 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and Cody Provence dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision at No. 3 singles.
In doubles, Heritage's Brad Hardin and Blake Craft suffered a 6-3, 6-1 loss at No. 1.
J.J. Ramsey and Jacob Zirbel lost a three-set battle at No. 2 doubles for the Patriots. They won the first set 6-2 before losing 6-3 in the second set and 6-1 in the third set.
"In terms of competition, we got what we wanted today. We're to a point now, as we get closer to the region tournament, we scheduled these teams to get us ready," Heritage boys coach Chuck Landy said. "From that aspect, we're getting what we needed, which is our guys are being challenged. We're at a point now where we've got to start beating these better teams because that's what we're going to see down the line. These teams will get us ready to play. Hopefully, we'll see the benefit when we get to the region tournament in two weeks."
In the girls match, the Lady Patriots had a tough day against the No. 6-ranked Lady Broncos.
In singles, Taylor Maloney fell 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, Stephanie Humphries dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision at No. 2 and Callie Alford lost 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3.
At No. 1 doubles, Christine Harper and Liz Forrester dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision, while, at No. 2 doubles, Keeli Smith and Amanda Voyles lost 6-1, 6-1.
"It was great competition for us today. We're just trying to tune up for the region tournament coming up after spring break," Heritage girls coach Brian Smith said. "We looked at today like, as if you made to the state finals, this is the type of competition you'd see. We've got to experience that, so we can learn from that. Hopefully, it will pay off down the road for us."
Heritage closes out Region 8-AAAA South on its home courts today against county rival Rockdale on Senior Night.
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