On a cold night, the Dawson County High School boys and girls tennis teams were hot from start to finish, winning all of their singles and doubles matches against East Hall to begin the season on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
Despite the bitter wind making conditions less than ideal for tennis, the Tigers got on the front foot early.
“I thought they played good overall, everybody had a good match,” boys head coach Logan Allen said. “It’ll help us going forward to get that first win.”
On the girls team, Kayleigh Moon established momentum in her singles match with a strong serve followed up by consistent groundstrokes. With her quick feet and efficient positioning, Moon fought through the conditions to win her match 6-3, 6-1.
Blake Smith also found success in her match, albeit facing stiff competition in the first set. Smith relied on a solid return game to counter her East Hall opponent, eventually winning 6-4, 6-1.
Marlee Gaddis would round out the singles competition on the girls team with a win as well.
On the boys team, the energetic Grant Ledbetter had the inverse experience of Smith, facing a resilient opponent in the second set after comfortably winning the first.
Ledbetter had the momentum for most of the match through his powerful forehand, but a few unforced errors allowed the East Hall player to inch closer as the match wore on. Eventually, Ledbetter would pull through with a 6-2, 6-4 win.
Chase Cofield made quicker work of his opponent, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 victory by way of his strength and craftiness at the net. Zach Friday would finish up the boys singles competition with a 6-1, 6-2 win.
For both the girls and boys teams, their winning ways continued in doubles. All four pairings won their matches, with neither boys pairing dropping a set.
The DCHS tennis teams have an extended break before their next slate of matches, which will occur on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Chestatee High School.
“I think it’ll be a good thing to give us a little more practice time,” Allen said. “Hopefully we get some good weather in the next couple of weeks…it’ll be good for us overall to get a lot of practices in.”