Heritage singles player Logan Bouchillon serves against Lakeside-DeKalb’s Gabby Garner in Thursday’s first-round match at DeKalb Tennis Center. Lakeside won 4-1. Staff photo by Kurt Aschermann Jr.
Lakeside-DeKalb’s girls tennis team was a little too much for Heritage Thursday. The Region 6-AAAAA runner-up Vikings used a pair of wins in singles matches with two doubles victories and won 4-1 in a Class AAAAA first-round match at the DeKalb Tennis Center.
Heritage’s lone victory came at No. 3 singles where Logan Bouchillon won in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 over Gabby Garner.
Lakeside seized control of the opening-round match with strong singles play at the top. No. 1 player Lizzy Engsberg defeated Bianca Brown 6-2 6-2, while No. 2 Fiona Hinz knocked off Fran Murry 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 1 doubles, the duo of Kathyrn Paull and Linda Chew clinched the Lakeside victory with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Addy Allegretti and Julie Roseberry.
“We showed heart and that’s all you can ask,” said Heritage coach Brian Smith. “We knew (Lakeside was) going to be good, we knew they were going to be tough. Lakeside is very consistent. They just put the ball in the right place.”
After Lakeside clinched the win, the No. 2 doubles teams finished their match and after splitting the first two sets-the Vikings’ Sarah Lanier and Delaney Amderson prevailed 6-3 in game one, while Heritage’s Melissa Godwin and Becka Rackley pulled even with a 6-3 victory in game two-Lakeside got a 7-5 victory in the deciding third game.
Godwin is one of three seniors, along with Roseberry and Murry, who leave Heritage having participated in four state tournaments.
“We came out and laid it on the line,” Smith said not only of Thursday’s match, but of the last four seasons. “Proud of the seniors.”
It was a rough first round for the four Rockdale County tennis teams. In Class AAAAAA, Rockdale fell to Harrison in boys play and North Cobb in opening-round girls action, and the Heritage boys lost to North Atlanta in matches that took place Wednesday.