The Gilmer High School tennis team followed a senior night shutout Monday against Fannin with matches at Pickens Tuesday and Cherokee Wednesday.
In the region match at Pickens, the Bobcats won 4-1, while the Lady Cats fell to the Dragonettes by the same margin.
Boys singles action against the Dragons saw Riley Hice defeated Skyler Denton 6-0, 6-0. Issac Hensley downed Sam Barber 6-0, 6-0, while Dusty Ray bested Grady Pearson 6-2, 6-2.
The combination of Cole Edmondson and Chandler Cantrell beat Stephen Jordan and Blue Goodman 7-5, 6-2, while Kyle Baker and Cody Manus teamed up for the only Pickens boys victory by downing Matthew Bruner and Noah Chastain 7-6, 6-2.
An exhibition boys singles match featured Carter Hice beating B.J. Barnhill 6-4, 6-2.
In girls singles matches, Dragonette Ginny Morris defeated Ally Davis 6-4, 6-2. Sarah Prather beat Kali Malham 6-2, 6-4, while Hope Bobak fell 7-6, 2-6, 5-7 to Ashley Hamby.
Peyton and Kendal Avery bested Hannah Thomas and Chancey Davis 6-3, 6-0 in doubles action, while Katie Marick and Katie Sheahan secured the lone Lady Cats triumph with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Katie Cowart and Emma DePuma.
Exhibition girls matches featured Lady Cats Mary Elizabeth Walker and Moriah Martin fall 8-4 and the Gilmer duo of Lauren Cole and Sophie Morrison dropping a 8-5 affair.
“The boys continue to dominate the court,” said head Gilmer coach Donna Parks. “Our boys are so competitive this year and along with their talent, it’s utter determination that pulls them through when they need it most. We had a couple of girls get hurt or sick. Hannah Thomas was playing on a taped, rolled ankle and stepped on it wrong during the first set of her match. She finished the match in pain, but gave it her best effort. Ally started to feel nauseous and dizzy during her second set. Although she was shaky and feeling bad, she finished out her match and never gave up.”
The team then headed to Bridgemill Athletic Club Wednesday to face the Cherokee Warriors in non-region action. The Bobcats fell 3-2, while the Lady Cats again fell 4-1.
Riley Hice dropped his match 6-0, 6-0. Hensley fell 6-0, 6-1, while Ray lost 6-1, 6-2.
GHS got its boys wins in doubles action. Edmondson and Cantrell won 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Bruner and Chastain picked up a 6-3, 7-5 victory.
Carter Hice fell in an exhibition match, 8-4.
The Lady Cats were also swept in singles matches. Ally Davis lost 6-0, 6-0, Malham fell in a hard-fought 2-6, 7-6, 0-6 match, while Bobak dropped another tough match 6-7, 7-6, 4-6.
In doubles matches, Chancey Davis and Sheahan fell 6-0, 6-2, while Marick and Cole teamed up for the lone girls win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Martin won an exhibition girls match 8-5, while Walker and Morrison fell 8-5 in an exhibition doubles contest.
“Cherokee is another school that has year-round tennis involvement,” Parks explained. “They bring some definite competition to our players, which is good for their overall game. We had some matches go to a third set, which was fun to watch.”
Following the week, the Bobcats sit at 11-2 (4-1 in region play) for the year, while the Lady Cats are 7-6 (2-3 in region play).
Gilmer has another busy week on tap. The team heads to Dawson Monday, before playing a make-up region match Tuesday at Northwest Whitfield. Another region make-up will take place Wednesday, as GHS welcomes Ridgeland. Gilmer then returns to the road Thursday, as it heads to White County for a match against the Warriors.
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