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Rockdale girls ousted in opening round of state tennis tournament by North Cobb

Rockdale’s Summer Walker returns the ball to North Cobb’s Jasmine Morgan (not seen) in the first round of the Class AAAAAA tennis tournament at Rockdale on Wednesday. Walker won the match 6-0, 6-0. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

Rockdale’s Summer Walker returns the ball to North Cobb’s Jasmine Morgan (not seen) in the first round of the Class AAAAAA tennis tournament at Rockdale on Wednesday. Walker won the match 6-0, 6-0. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

CONYERS — Being the No. 1 seed did not help the Rockdale girls tennis team as the lost to Region 4-AAAAAA No. 4 seed North Cobb 3-1 in the first round of the Class AAAAAA tournament on Wednesday.

“They were actually the third best team in the region all year,” Rockdale head coach Stephen Sansing said. “Then they lost 3-2 in their region tournament. They are really tough.”

North Cobb is in the same region as Hillgrove, Harrison and Kennesaw Mountain who made it to the Final Four in the Class AAAAAA tournament last year.

The Rockdale girls started off on a high note as Summer Walker gave the team a 1-0 lead after shutting out her opponent Jasmine Morgan 6-0, 6-0.

However, they were unable to bask in the glory of the lead for too long as North Cobb tied the match with a win at No. 1 doubles. North Cobb’s Claire Bracken and Morgan Zahnd beat Abby Bradford and Tiara Anthony 6-2, 6-3 to tie the match.

North Cobb’s No. 2 doubles team of Marisa Albanese and Lauren Morgan were able to get the best of Rockdale’s Sydney Norton and Alliyah Byrd to give the Lady Warriors the 2-1 team lead.

Unfortunately, Rockdale’s Destiny Commodore was unable to fight off the attacks of Lauren D’Olympio losing 6-4, 6-3 in a fierce competition.

“Destiny played well at No. 2 but the other girl just outlasted her,” Sansing said.

“They were all right there it’s just that the other team was a little bit stronger. They were a little bit more experienced and just a little bit better. All the matches were close which I expected that. It was just unfortunate that we ended up on the short end.”