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Senior night sweep for Tigers tennis
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Kayleigh Moon prepares to hit a backhand shot against her White County opponent. Her resiliency helped get her through a long match. - photo by Rio White

A total of nine seniors on the Dawson County High School boys and girls tennis teams received recognition on their Senior Night matches against White County on Thursday, March 10.

Both teams won all of their singles and doubles matches against the Warriors.

On the boys team, the seniors were Zach Friday, Lane Perry, Connor Scroggins, Ben Swafford and Tristan Talley. The seniors on the girls team were Kelci Folsom, Sadie Pruitt, Blake Smith and Mackenzie Stover.

“I feel really good about how far everybody has come since they started,” boys head coach Logan Allen said. “Overall, the senior class has really improved. They’ve all taken ownership of what they need to improve on…and it has been really fun watching them grow.”

The first three matches on the boys side finished with straight-set victories without a game being dropped. Friday and sophomore Chase Cofield won their singles matches and the doubles team of Scroggins and Swafford kept in sync to complete one of the quickest matches of the evening.

On the girls side, sophomore Marlee Gaddis also dispatched her opponent with a 6-0, 6-0 victory while the doubles team of Stover and junior Avery Beaty won 6-1, 6-0. 

At the same time, junior Kayleigh Moon faced what would become the longest match of the night with a 6-3, 6-2 win over her opponent.

She began the match without her usual consistency, particularly on serves. As the match progressed, her returns of serve and shot placement helped her gain momentum and win in straight sets. 

“The seniors are growing to be very strong,” girls coach Laura Ledbetter said. “They are progressing to be more consistent and confident.”

In the later matches, Perry rounded out the boys singles competition with a 6-0, 6-0 win while the doubles group of sophomore Grant Ledbetter and freshman Bailey Swafford won 6-2, 6-1.

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Freshman Bailey Swafford serves the ball in his doubles pairing with Grant Ledbetter. - photo by Rio White

Smith would finish off the girls singles competition with a 6-4, 6-0 victory while Folsom and Pruitt teamed up for a 6-2, 6-1 win.

With those wins, the Tigers remain undefeated in team play on both the boys and girls teams. The boys team is 8-0 while the girls stand at 7-0 due to one event being rescheduled. 

While both teams are still 4-0 in Region 7-AAA, there are some tough tests ahead. The Tigers will play on the road at Lumpkin County on Tuesday, March 15, before facing two more strong sides in North Hall and Cherokee Bluff.

“We are really trying to get ramped up for this next week of competition,” Allen said. “I felt like they all had a good match today to go into that, so I feel like it was a good way to move forward into our really tough matches coming up.”