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Rockdale tennis has tough time
Squads swept by Loganville

LOGANVILLE - The Rockdale tennis coaches continue to have confidence that their teams will improve even after being swept by Loganville on Tuesday.

The boys lost 3-2 while the girls fell 4-1.

"We've been working on more quickness in practice, and it really started paying off. All three girls singles played really great, all three had one set of at least 7-5," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said. "Anna Grace (Slifko) had another grueling three-set match against a No. 2. This will only help her down the road. Rachael Ceciliani played her best match of the season and it was because she hustled from the get-go."

Slifko won the only match for the girls, pushing it to three sets.

After losing the first set 6-3 to Loganville's Olivia Gish, Slifko won the second set 6-4, forcing it to the tiebreaker, which she won 7-5.

Cecilina, at No. 3 singles, won the first set 7-5 before losing the second set by the same score. But Ansley Edenfield was able to win the tiebreaker 6-1 taking the match.

At No. 1 singles, Quilla Franklin played her match hard but lost 7-5, 6-1 to Heather Proise.

Even though the doubles teams are getting better, they were still no match for Loganville.

Loganville won at No. 1 doubles 6-2, 6-3 and swept the doubles matches with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2.

"Our team is improving with every match. We are learning how to control our minds and our game and we are becoming stronger with every match experience," Rockdale girls coach Ramona Sabau-Houston said. "The players are more and more motivated and they are commited to putting forth their best effort."

The Rockdale boys won two of the three singles matches but lost both doubles in their loss.

Winning for the Rockdale boys were Shoman Kasbekar at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-2 over Evghenia Vinogvodov) and Pathya Kuntha at No. 3 singles (5-7, 6-0, 7-5 over Clarke Brannon).

"Shoman continues to prove he can hang with about anyone in the region. Jasen (Lauritsen at No. 2 singles) played hard again against tough competition and Pathya showed up huge in the No. 3 match; coming from down one set to dominate the last two," Sansing said.

"We're going to start playing with our doubles combinations because we've got to some help from them. We're spotting teams 2-0 off the bat and we can't do that and expect to win. Hopefully one of these combinations will start to click."