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SPRING PREVIEW: Dawson County tennis will be fueled by experienced singles group
Chase Cofield is set to be the No.1 singles player on the DCHS varsity boys tennis team. - photo by Rio White

Dawson County Varsity Boys Tennis

Head Coach: Logan Allen, fifth season

2022 Record: 10-6 overall, third place in Region 7-3A, made first round of state playoffs

Key Returners: Chase Cofield (Jr.), Grant Ledbetter (Jr.), Connor Woody (Jr.)

Dawson County Varsity Girls Tennis

Head Coach: Laura Ledbetter, third season

2022 Record: 10-6 overall, fourth place in region 7-3A, made first round of state playoffs

Key Returners: Kayleigh Moon (Sr.), Marlee Gaddis (Jr.), Avery Beaty (Sr.)

Dawson County’s varsity boys and girls tennis teams head into this season looking to expand on last year’s success, with both teams having made appearances at the Class 3A state playoffs.

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Kayleigh Moon will head into her senior season as the No. 1 singles player on the DCHS varsity girls tennis team. - photo by Rio White

While many public high school tennis teams frequently adjust to players coming in from other sports, the Tigers will have plenty of experienced players who stood out last season.

For the boys team, the departures of Zach Friday and Lane Perry mean that juniors Grant Ledbetter and Connor Woody will step up to take the No. 2 and No. 3 singles lines behind fellow junior Chase Cofield. 

Ledbetter will come into his role with a breadth of experience both as a regular doubles player and part-time singles player last season. Woody has often been paired with Ledbetter in doubles matches and will be looking to make his own mark.

The most interesting developments for the boys team will be the new doubles pairings, which will be headed by cross country star Tyler Tangel at the No. 4 ranking. 

For the Lady Tigers, the 2023 season will also be spearheaded by experience — namely by senior Kayleigh Moon, who posted a 12-4 overall record last season and is set for a strong senior campaign.

Junior Marlee Gaddis also had success as last season’s No. 2 singles player, using her calm demeanor to become a consistent winner. 

Joining the singles line will be senior Avery Beaty, who regularly played doubles matches last season with the occasional singles match.

Beaty’s serve will be an important aspect of her game as she aims to round out her Dawson tennis career on a high note. 

The beginning of the 2023 DCHS tennis season has been affected by multiple days of inclement weather, with the opening few matches pushed forward. 

So far, the program has played on the road at Johnson and East Forsyth, with matches at East Hall scheduled for today at 4 p.m.

The home opener is set for tomorrow, Feb. 9, but may be affected by impending weather.