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Prep roundup: Lady Tigers lock up state tennis berth

The Alcovy girls secured a trip to the Class AAAA state tennis playoffs by beating Forest Park 5-0 in the first round of the Region 4-AAAA tournament at the tennis center at The Beach at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro.

After losing to Ola 4-1 in the second round, the Lady Tigers will play the loser of the Griffin-Dutchtown match to determine third place.

Leah Anderson won both of her matches. Mary Ruth Davis and Kimberly Rary went 1-1 in singles competition.

Also going 1-1 in doubles matches were Jordan Shull and Stephanie Waits and Katie Neihoff and Alora Fuller.

"They all played great matches in the first and second rounds. Jordan and Stephanie both had two tough matches, they played great," Alcovy girls coach Marcia Lynn Johnson-Watkins said. "Leah Anderson also was her usual consistent self and is currently 14-1 for the season."

Heritage tennis sweeps Salem

CONYERS - The Patriots boys and girls tennis teams each secured a No. 1 seed in the south subregion for the Region 8-AAAA tournament as they beat Salem 5-0 on Tuesday.

For the girls, Alix Maloney at No. 3 singles beat Jonae Perrin 6-0, 6-0.

Heritage had two 6-1, 6-0 wins with Stephanie Humphries defeating Ammarah Mahmud at No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Liz Forrester and Brooke Craft getting the win over Abbey Brandenburg and Jennifer Hall.

Both of Hertiage's No. 1 teams struggled a bit as Salem forced the match to go to a third set.

At. No. 1 singles, Taylor Maloney won the first set 7-5 before Kinsley Black tied the match with a 6-4 win. But Maloney was able to come back to win the tiebreaker 6-3.

Salem's Kerrie Grunnet and Randi Estes beat Callie Alford and Amanda Voyles 7-5 at No. 1 doubles before losing the second and third set 6-1, 6-3.

Winning the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles for the Heritage boys were Jonathan Stone (6-1, 6-0), Zachary Landy (6-0, 6-0) and Joey Roppo (6-4, 6-0).

The doubles sets were won by Frankie Merkel and Erik Lauritsen (6-0, 6-1) and Cody Provence and Trey Calcinore (6-0, 6-0).

Rockdale tennis drops two to Loganville

CONYERS - Rockdale's tennis programs are entering the Region 8-AAAA tournament today on a low note after being swept by Loganville on Tuesday.

The boys lost 3-2 while the girls failed to win a set in a 5-0 decision.

Shoman Kasbekar, at No. 1 singles, beat Eveguinea Vinogrodov 6-2, 6-4 with Jensen Lauritsen, at No. 3 singles, giving Rockdale their other victory, besting Drew Watson 6-3, 6-2.

"We came out flat, and you can't do that against good teams, ever," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said. "For some reason, some of us thought that they were going to automatically lose, so they played like it. By the time they realized it was a winnable match, it was too late. Hopefully we can chalk it up to rust, but at some point they have to have the competitive edge to win matches that are winnable."