Heritage boys facing tough task in Marist

CONYERS - The Heritage boys tennis team has drawn a tough opponent in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA state tournament - Marist.

Heritage boys tennis coach Chuck Landy is quite aware of Marist's reputation.

"They're absolutely one of the top talents out there and that's why they're one of the best teams in the state in every year. They're very good, but I feel that we've played a lot of good teams this year. That's why we've scheduled good teams in the regular season - to help us prepare for a match like this."

Landy also said his team is peaking at the right time of year.

"We've been pretty steady throughout the entire year, but there have been matches where one player or one team has played better than the others. However, I felt our last match against Dacula (in the second round of state) was the best we've played all year as a team," he said. "We're ready. This is obviously a very big match for us and the guys are very excited. We're going to come out and give it our best effort."

Landy has shuffled the lineup a few times this season, but he said today he will stick with the blueprint that got his team to where it is now.

"We've got to go with what got us here and put our best players in the best positions to win," he said.

In singles action, Jonathan Stone has been Heritage's No. 1 all season. Zach Landy will follow at No. 2 and Cody Provence at No. 3.

Blake Craft and Brad Hardin are the Patriots' No. 1 doubles team, while J.J. Ramsey and Jacob Zirbel follow at No. 2.

The action begins at 4:30 p.m. at Marist High School.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@rockdalecitizen.com.

· What: Class AAAA state boys tennis tournament quarterfinals

· Who: Heritage Patriots vs. Marist Golden Eagles

· Where: Marist High School, Atlanta

· When: Today, 4:30 p.m.