After a week’s worth of rain cancelled their home opener, the Dawson County High School tennis teams went on the road to take on the North Forsyth Raiders on Feb. 13.
In a challenging season opener for both teams, the Tigers went on the defeat the Raiders 4-1 and the Lady Tigers brought home their first win of the year by a score of 3-2.
Elijah Stanfield opened the day with a 1-6, 3-6 straight set loss that put the Tigers in a hole early, but Chandler Ingram quickly brought home a 6-2, 6-2 victory to tie the match, and Brendan Swafford gave Dawson County the lead with a three-set, 6-0, 4-6, 10-8 tiebreak win that put the Tigers in the lead heading into doubles play.
Bailey Jennings and Devan Garlock paired up to fight off a tough challenge from the Raiders as they fended off the duo 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 and fellow Tigers Will Clark and Christian Nygaard swept their opponents 6-2, 6-2 to close out the day for Dawson County.
The Lady Tigers saws their day get started in a similar fashion as senior Abbey Haymond came up short in her opening match against North Forsyth’s Katie Jordan.
Freshman Kathryn Menoche hit the courts next for Dawson County and she made quick work of her opponent in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, to bring the Lady Tigers into a tie as senior Tyler Perry stepped out for the final singles match of the day and pushed her team into the lead with an 8-0 victory.
Senior Isabella Brown and junior Samantha Hafermalz found themselves hard pressed in the opening doubles match put hung on to secure a three-set win by the scores of 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 to put Dawson County over the top and secure the team victory.
The final match of the day saw Dawson County juniors Ashlynn Anglin and Kaylee Hamilton fight hard for their points but ultimately come up short by a final tally of 4-6, 6-7 to put the overall score of the day at 3-2 in favor of the Lady Tigers.