EBA tennis team completes first month’s matches

Edmund Burke Academy started its tennis season with a scrimmage on March 3 against Faith Christian. The team, consisting of 18 girls and one boy, played some mixed singles and doubles matches against FCA as well as inter-squad matches. “It was a good scrimmage that prepared us for our first region match as well as showed areas that we needed to work on moving forward,” said Tennis Coach Jamie Montgomery

The first region match of the season was against Thomas Jefferson Academy on March 7. EBA hosted TJA at the Burke County Recreation Dept. Tennis Complex, where the school practices and plays all its matches. The team “played great and won the match overall with an 11-1 set record. Strong play by both our singles and doubles teams helped to secure the win for EBA. A feisty doubles team for TJ fought back in the second set for EBA’s only loss of the day, said Coach Montgomery.

EBA travelled to Augusta Prep on Tuesday, March 8, but the match was rescheduled due to rain.

EBA travelled to Brentwood Academy in Sandersville on Tuesday, March 15. Rain threatened, but all the region matches were completed as well as a few alternate matches between the beginner players for both schools. Brentwood, as state runners-up in tennis for girls and state champions in boys, proved to be a challenge for EBA. “Brentwood does a good job with ball placement and serving and won the match overall. This was a good match for all our players to show areas that need work. Blake Reddick had the best match of the day with good volleys and ball placement,” stated Montgomery.

EBA hosted Briarwood Academy on Thursday, March 17. Strong play by both the girl’s singles and doubles team gave EBA the overall win. Blake Reddick played a tough first set but rallied in the second set to beat Briarwood’s number two player. “Due to our large squad, we have been playing inter-squad matches at every home match. Much improvement is being made by the younger players,” according to Coach Montgomery. “With EBA losing 5 seniors next year, we are in good shape to continue our success with the younger players”.

EBA travelled to Eatonton on Monday, march 21 and found perfect tennis weather. Avery Wiggins lost a tough first set against Gatewood’s Taylor Hebesy. Taylor has a strong first serve and nice ball placement. After adjusting to Taylor’s serve, Avery won the second set handily with an 8-2 victory.

Although he lost the first set, Blake Reddick played a good match against Gatewood’s number one player. Blake, as a freshman and the only boy, is gaining valuable court time by playing against older and more experienced players in the region. He won the second set 8-1 against Gatewood’s Parker Rainey. Even with the two losses, EBA won the match overall for the day.

EBA hosted John Hancock on Tuesday, March 22. With a very young team for John Hancock, EBA was able to win the overall matches 12- 0. “We were able to work on ball placement and serves in some of these matches, as well as net play. We have been able to implement more net play and more court time for our intersquad teams. With 9 freshman on our team, they are taking advantage of this extra court time and really improving, said Coach Montgomery.”

For the last region home match, EBA hosted Monsignor Donovan of Athens on March 24. Seniors, Alaina Boulineau, Christine Eberly, May May Fu, Erin Glisson and Avery Wiggins, were honored before match play. With only 2 girls and 4 boys for Mon Don, EBA played some mixed singles and doubles matches as well as the 3 region matches. EBA won the regions matches and was able to get some good court experience in with the mixed matches. “Our senior girls have provided good leadership and encouragement to the younger players. Their presence will be sorely missed next year as they embark on their next steps,” Montgomery stated.

The region tournament will be held at Brentwood Academy for boys on Monday, April 11 and for girls on Thursday, April 14.

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