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Alcovy boys fall in first round of tennis playoffs

COVINGTON -- The Alcovy tennis team fought hard to the very end but it was not enough as it fell in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

The boys lost to East Coweta 3-0 at home on Wednesday. The girls traveled to Westlake on Tuesday where they dropped four games.

East Coweta set the tone early winning the first set in all four matches played to start the tournament. The Indians took the lead on their way to win the round as the No. 1 doubles team of Andy and Oliver Truong swept Stefen Kirk and Holden Miller 6-0, 6-0.

Daniel Murillo gave East Coweta a 2-0 lead at No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Hunter Aycox. The Indians made it to the second round of the playoffs when Saeyum Lee downed senior John Gammans 6-2, 6-2.

"He has started every single match since his freshman year. He has been tremendous for this program," Alcovy head coach Jason Jones said of Gammans. "It was fun to watch him grow from a freshman. I'm proud of him."

In the other matches, East Coweta's No. 2 doubles team of John Baptiste-Bozzetto and Mitchell Corley won the first set 6-2 but Alcovy's Okon Godwin and Jordan Hexom were leading the second set 2-1.

At No. 2 singles, Alcovy's Clayton Anderson lost the first set 6-3 before coming back to take the second set 6-4 over Daniel Murillo. Anderson was winning the third set 1-0 when East Coweta won the match.

"They battled hard and that's been the trademark of this team. I'm proud of these boys. They've worked tremendously hard and have improved so much. This is the highest they've ever finished in the region," Jones said.

"We have six of the seven starters coming back next year. We're very excited about the upcoming year."

In the girls match, Alcovy's only win came at No. 2 doubles. Tori White and Morgan Mobley won the first set 6-4 and were leading 5-4 in the second set when the team was pulled off the court following the Westlake win.