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Heritage 5-0 at midpoint

CONYERS - The Heritage tennis teams reached the midway point of their Region 8-AAAA South schedule Tuesday with perfect 5-0 records in subregion play.

The Heritage boys, who are ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA, handed Rockdale (3-1) its first subregion loss, defeating the Bulldogs 5-0. In the girls match, the Lady Patriots cruised to a 5-0 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

In the boys match, Jonathan Stone and Zach Landy cruised to 6-0, 6-0 victories for Heritage at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Jacob Zirbel completed the singles sweep for the Patriots with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Rockdale's Sam Brotherton.

In doubles, Heritage's Brad Hardin and Blake Craft chalked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1, while J.J. Ramsey and Cody Provence collected a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2.

"Just watching us, I don't know how sharp we were early on, but we started playing better and better," said Heritage boys coach Chuck Landy. "Our doubles teams did well and then our one and two singles guys went out there and played real well. We try to stay focused and just get out there and play, and not worry too much about what else is going on. I think we did that.

"The first time through (the subregion) is always an unknown. Rockdale had a good subregion record and most of their players are back from last year. The first time through, you're always unsure about what you're going to face. We just wanted to go out and play hard. We're definitely making some progress and our guys are getting better."

In the girls match, the Lady Patriots, who are ranked No. 9 in Class AAAA, had an impressive showing, losing only five total games in the five matches.

Taylor Maloney posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles, Stephanie Humphries secured a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No 2 singles and Callie Alford prevailed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

In doubles, Christine Harper and Keeli Smith chalked up a 6-2, 6-0 decision at No. 1, while Liz Forrester and Amanda Voyales cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2.

"I thought we did well. We're trying to keep working hard to get better," Heritage girls coach Brian Smith said. "We did a good job. We didn't lose that many games and everybody played real solid. We need to keep working hard and improving on some things. There's always room for improvement."

Jeff Gillespie can be reached at jeff.gillespie@rockdalecitizen.com.