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TENNIS: Cedartown, Rockmart split their matches

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The Cedartown High School tennis teams hosted their Polk County rivals Rockmart last Friday and the two teams came away with a split.

The Lady Bulldogs defended their home court, shutting out the Lady Jackets 5-0. However, the Yellow Jackets downed the Bulldogs 4-1 during their match.

For the girls, Mary Paige Gray took down Morgan Thompson of Rockmart at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3. Cedartown’s Kasey Gibson knocked off Savannah Hudson 6-2, 6-7, 6-3. At No. 3 singles, Savannah Couey beat Rockmart’s Kristin Stone 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.

“The Cedartown girls are very strong and they have a lot of experience,” Lady Jackets head coach Malin Evans said. “And for our girls, who have not played tennis for as long as the Cedartown girls, to pressure the Cedartown girls in singles action to close scores says a lot. I am very proud for the different strategies that my girls tried. They never gave up, they constantly tried to change their games to win their matches. I’m very proud of their performances.”

In doubles play, Cedartown’s Valerie DeWandel and Abigail Kiser won at No. 1 doubles over Rae Darden and Kaitlin Burns 6-1, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Cedartown’s Lauren Smith and Holly Robinson defeated Jennifer Badon and Katlayn Gentry 6-1, 6-1.

“Even though the doubles scores don’t show it, our girls played very close games,” Evans said. “They had several deuces and I thik at times they outplayed the Cedartown girls, we just couldn’t do it as consistently as they did.”

The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, continued their hot streak as they won last Friday to finish the week undefeated.

“It was a long week and the players are exhausted,” Yellow Jackets head coach Wayne Brooks said.

At No. 1 singles, Matt Giudice defeated Cedartown’s Shane Smith 6-1, 6-3.

“He has shown a great amount of tenacity and mental fortitude in winning ins traight sets against all four of his opponents (last) week.”

Brooks opted to give Mason Barnette the night off and Jonathan Badon played at No. 2 singles and defeated Cedartown’s DJ Connor 6-3, 6-2.

“Jonathan has done exceptionally well in the two singles matches he has played this year,” Brooks said.

At No. 3 singles, Rockmart’s Jacob Summerville won by forfeit to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Cedartown’s Griffin Whitfield and Kyle Allen picked up a win at No. 1 doubles, beating Tyler Black and Wes Worley 6-4, 6-0. However, at No. 2 doubles, Rockmart’s Jared Brumbelow and Dustin Adams won 6-2, 6-2.