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Tennis teams prepare for region tournament
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Sophomore Marlee Gaddis pursues the ball during her win against her North Forsyth opponent. - photo by Rio White

The Dawson County boys and girls tennis teams finished their regular seasons with matches against North Forsyth on Thursday, March 24, and will be moving on to the Region 7-AAA tournament.

For the girls team, sophomore Marlee Gaddis and junior Kayleigh Moon got off to strong starts, blanking their opponents with 6-0, 6-0 wins. 

A much tighter match occurred during the first doubles bout, with Dawson County duo Amber Horton and Wendy Castro battling in three sets.

While they took the first set, the Lady Tigers duo eventually had their serve broken in the second set. Despite that, they looked to have worn out their opponents in the third set and finished with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 win.

Later on, junior Avery Beaty would break her normal doubles routine and compete in singles against North Forsyth. She had little trouble adjusting to playing on her own, defeating her opponent 6-2, 6-1.

The lone loss for the Lady Tigers came on the No. 2 doubles team, with senior Kelci Folsom and Bella Hunt falling 2-6, 2-6.

On the boys side, the Tigers would face a fierce Raiders squad who would win three of the five matches to hand Dawson County an overall loss.

The strongest performances from the Tigers would come from the two doubles teams. 

Another consistent performance from Ben Swafford and Connor Scroggins would earn the team an important point. 

The first set was one of the longest all night, with the two teams going back and forth until the Tigers duo eventually won 6-4. Swafford and Scroggins would close out the second set 6-2.

Sophomores Grant Ledbetter and Connor Woody would use their contrasting styles to defeat their opponents both at the net and in the back court. 

Their teamwork would result in a 6-3, 6-2 win.

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Sophomore Grant Ledbetter prepares to return the ball during his doubles match victory with Connor Woody. - photo by Rio White

In singles, sophomore Chase Cofield went up against one of the hardest hitters on either team, falling 0-6, 1-6.

Senior Zach Friday kept a tight first set before falling behind in a 3-6, 1-6 loss while senior Lane Perry had the closest singles match in a 3-6, 4-6 defeat.  

With the regular season finished, the tennis teams will begin the region tournament as the fourth seed on Tuesday, March 29 and possibly into Wednesday. 

The girls team will play at 9 a.m. on Tuesday against White County at Lumpkin County High School. A win against the Lady Warriors would allow the Lady Tigers to play at 3 p.m. later that afternoon in the semifinals. The region championship game and third-place game will be held Wednesday morning.

The boys team will play at 10 a.m. against West Hall at Yahoola Creek Park. A potential semifinal appearance would be at 4 p.m. back at Lumpkin County, as will the championship match and third-place match on Wednesday.