2019-03-13 / Sports

Spartans getting into the swing of tennis

Blake Johnson hits an unstoppable serve to his opponents. Blake Johnson hits an unstoppable serve to his opponents. The Edmund Burke Academy tennis team opened up its 2019 season in Sandersville on Friday March 8, playing an impressive double-header against Piedmont Academy.

Coach Elyse Nelson described the current season as a “rebuilding year.” This is their first season in the AA region, so the team doesn’t know what to expect from the upcoming opponents. “Every match comes with a surprise,” senior Blake Johnson explained.

The team dominated their opponents in all the singles matches. Sophomore Morgan Clark, playing girls’ first singles, took an 8-4 victory. Second and third singles, Avery Wiggins (freshman) and Aubrey Northcutt (senior) both won their matches by a landslide. The boys’ first and second singles, Andrew Meeks (sophomore) and Johnson won both of their matches 8-0.

The girls’ doubles teams, seniors Caitlin McDonald and Emily Dixon (first doubles) and Liz Tskaonas and Ceara Reid (second doubles), both took losses in their matches.

Because the boys’ team consists only of singles players Johnson and Meeks, the Spartans do not have a boys’ doubles team. “It’s disappointing to know we can’t win as a boy’s ‘team’, only as individuals,” Johnson said, “but it’s also encouraging to have 50/50 weight; it causes us to work harder to pull more.”

The win against Piedmont was a great start to the Spartans’ 2019 tennis season. The team seems to have high hopes for this year, despite the challenges of playing in a new region and the lack of a full boys’ team. Nelson feels that the “strong leadership” displayed by members of the team will carry them far.

The Spartans faced Briarwood in a double-header Tuesday (yesterday) but results were not available at press time. They will play Thomas Jefferson on Thursday, March 14, and Brentwood on Monday, March 18. Both matches will be held at the Citizens Park Tennis Complex in Waynesboro at 3:30 p.m.

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