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Salem gets pounded by Heritage
Patriot tennis teams give Seminoles 5-0 defeats

CONYERS - The Heritage tennis teams both recorded 5-0 victories over Salem on Tuesday to remain undefeated in Region 8-AAAA South.

The Heritage boys (10-2, 7-0 Region 8-AAAA South) put on another strong exhibition, led by Jonathan Stone, who defeated Robby Williams in No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0.

Zach Landy also won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 over Salem's Logan Gunzenhauser at No. 2 singles, while Cody Provence dropped the only game of the match for Heritage as he cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Tommy Zarna at No. 3.

In boys doubles play, the results were much the same.

The team of Brad Hardin and Blake Craft dispatched Salem's Blake Hullett and Chris McAdams 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles before J.J. Ramsey and Jacob Zirbel completed the sweep for Heritage, defeating Bo Bateman and Justin Chapman 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.

The results were indicative of how dominating Heritage has been in region play and boys coach Chuck Landy knew his team needed a strong showing after losing its last match to Oconee County.

"We needed to come out and play well," Landy said. "Last week, we played two decent matches, and then we went up to Oconee and got humbled. It didn't hurt us at all and hopefully we learned a little bit from that experience. But it was good to get back at home today and I thought we were pretty focused today and everyone came out and competed hard."

While the Heritage boys made it look easy, the girls got quite a fight from an upstart Salem team looking to avenge its only loss in the subregion.

"I really think we have a great bunch of kids, but I think it's a matter of exposure," Salem girls coach Kevin Crabb said. "The Heritage girls have been exposed to a lot more tennis, and you can tell the difference when were on the court. Winning is an attitude. It's the way you walk, the way you talk and we're getting there."

Taylor Maloney got it going for the Lady Patriots (9-2, 7-0), defeating Jessica Dias 6-3, 6-0 in No. 1 singles.

After dropping the first set, Stephanie Humphries came back to defeat Chelsea Reagan 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 singles in a match that lasted nearly three hours. Both girls made key shots and ran the court well, but Humphries jumped out to an early lead in the third set and was able to squeak out the win.

Callie Alford defeated Peyton Teague 6-3, 6-0 to round out girls single play.

Both girls doubles matches went three sets as the team of Christine Harper and Keeli Smith defeated the Salem duo of Chelsea Slifko and Cecily Wilson 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 1, while Amanda Voyles and Liz Forrester defeated Randi Estes and Kerrie Grunnet 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2.

The loss puts Salem (7-2, 4-2) two matches back of Heritage, with its only two subregion defeats coming courtesy of the Lady Patriots.

Even though the Lady Seminoles were unable to salvage a match, Crabb believes his team is getting better and was especially proud of the effort in the final two matches.

"I think we're really turning the corner," added Crabb. "We played Heritage tonight with a lot more intensity than in the first match, and I'm happy we were able to play them at a higher level. Heritage girls get angry when they lose. Our girls don't get angry. These last two teams, they played Salem tennis. That's what our whole team needs to do to be successful."