Madison County’s boys’ tennis team fell just shy of an Elite 8 appearance this week, falling to Dunwoody in the Sweet 16 round in Danielsville.
The boys finished the season at 20-3, 13-0 in the region.
Red Raider head coach Keith Strickland said his guys got a real boost from the top two singles positions.
“Our top two singles positions (Trey Morris and Ben Strickland) really took it to their opponents losing just three games between them,” said Strickland. “Both improved to 21-2 on the season. We had our chances at all of the other positions and played pretty competitive first sets before losing tight sets in each. We just couldn’t recover in the second and lost our focus and the momentum to end the season at 20-3.”
Strickland said he’s looking forward to next year.
“We will be losing just three seniors — all at the doubles positions, but have a great group of rookies this year to fill those spots,” he said. “With our new region alignment for next season, we look to continue building on what we’ve accomplished the last few years with our seniors – Josh Dooley, Connor Hancock and Jared Osborne. These three young men have been the backbone of our program. They will be missed.”
Meanwhile, the girls appeared in its 15th consecutive state tournament this past week, but lost in the first round to Johns Creek 5-0.
The Lady Raiders finished the season at 14-8 and 9-4.
“We knew going into this match that we were facing a tough opponent,” said Madison County head coach Keith Strickland. “I told the girls in the pre-match huddle that they needed to remember who they were representing when they took the court. I wanted them to go on the court with a sense of obligation to all of the girls who’ve help make our program as successful as it has been over the years – for them to give it their all for the team, themselves, their parents, and our school. I told them to relax and have fun and to take something positive from the experience for next season.”
Here’s a recap of state tennis action:
Boys — Dunwoody 3, Madison County 2
•#1 singles — Trey Morris defeated Adam Christopher 6-3, 6-0.
•#2 singles — Ben Strickland defeated Drew Luciani 6-0, 6-0.
•#3 singles — Tyler Terrell lost to Luke Bynum 7-6, 6-3.
•#1 doubles — Connor Hancock and Jared Osborne lost to Will Altman and Adam Gillett 6-4, 6-0.
•#2 doubles — Josh Dooley and Zach Peneguy lost to Will Notte and Noah Goldstein 7-5, 6-2.
Girls — Johns Creek 5, Madison County 0
•#1 singles — Savannah Mainland lost to Rani Rachavelpula 6-0, 6-0.
•#2 singles — Audra Minish lost to Tiffany Flood 6-1, 6-0.
•#3 singles — Abby Thrasher lost to Sofia Blano 6-0, 6-0.
•#1 doubles — Adrienne Fitzpatrick and Kayle Bates lost to Annie Marcinkowski and Stephanie Woods 6-0, 6-1.
•#2 doubles — Morgan Dooley and Savannah Mainland lost to Rebecca Ginsberg and Kimberly Straub 6-1, 6-3.