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Heritage tennis rolls to pair
of 5-0 victories

CONYERS - Both Heritage tennis teams picked up their second subregion wins Wednesday, sweeping Eastside by identical 5-0 scores.

The Heritage boys (5-1, 2-0 Region 8-AAAA) were especially impressive, refusing to relinquish a single game as they won all five of their matches in straight sets.

Jonathan Stone set the tone for the Patriots as he defeated Jake Renstra 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles.

Zach Landy kept it going, defeating Luke Gilbert 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2, while J.J. Ramsey bested Sam Beckworth 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.

The Patriots kept it rolling in doubles as the team of Brad Hardin and Blake Craft won 6-0, 6-0 over Jake Bray and A.J. Marks at No. 1 doubles, while Jacob Zirbel and Michael Knowlton defeated Zach Garrett and Varn Cunningham in straight sets at No. 2.

Even though the season is still young, Heritage boys coach Chuck Landy felt good about his team's play and knows every match has a different set of challenges.

"It's good to get back out and play in aubregion match," he said. "It's the first time through, the first time you get to see everyone. We didn't know what their team had, but we know what we had. We're not going to be overconfident. If we play the way we should, we can win. But there's a chance we'll get beat, if we don't go out and play well."

Eastside boys coach Vance Owens, on the other hand, hopes his team can learn from such a dominating performance.

"It's my first year coaching and I heard how good Heritage was, but until you actually see them play, I mean, they're impressive," he said. "Our kids got to see how they should be playing, so I have no complaints about today."

Meanwhile, the Lady Patriots (4-1, 2-0) took care of business as well with Taylor Maloney starting things off by defeating Eastside's Qeiarra Johnson 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Stephanie Humphries topped Allison Miller 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2, while Callie Alford had to rally late to defeat Sierra Petree 6-1, 7-5 at No. 3.

Alford was up 4-2 before Petree broke serve and pushed it to the extra game. But Alford served out in the final game for the win.

In girls doubles, Christine Harper and Keeli Smith cruised to a straight-set victory over the team of Hailey Jones and Nada Sedyame at No. 1, while the team of Amanda Voyles and Brooke Craft completed the sweep (6-1, 6-0) over Maryanne Fearnow and Amanda Leon at No. 2.

Like Landy, Heritage girls coach Brian Smith was pleased.

"It feels good to get another subregion win," Smith said. "We're just trying to get better each time we come out and we've got a young group of girls that works extremely hard and we feel like the experience we got this past weekend in the Peachtree Invitational really benefited us today."