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Page 6B :eR Orter April 18, 2018 The Mary Persons varsity boys and girls tennis teams pose with their trophies after each squad finished in second place in Region boys have already secured a spot in the state Sweet 16, the MP girls team will have its chance at home at 4 p.m. on Wednesday 2-AAAA for the second straight year. While the MP against visiting Shaw. (Photo/Richard Dumas) 'd I By Richard Dumas wh The Mary Persons boys ten- nis team advanced to the sec- ond round of the AAAA state playoffs for the second straight year with a 3-1 home victory over Cairo on Monday. In a hard-fought first-round match that came down to a pair of decisive final sets, the Bulldogs prevailed over the visiting Syrupmakers to move on in the state playoffs. It was MP's No. I doubles tandem of Caleb Wilson and Micak Wilson that captured the de- ciding point, winning a tight, three-set match, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in the third and final set. If the Wilson duo had lost its match, all eyes would have turned to No. 2 doubles, where MP's pair of Jordan Carr and Seth Smith were locked up in an intense three-set match at 6-3, 4-6, 4-3. The Carr-Smith match was halted once the Wilsons wrapped up the team victory. MP's other victories came in No. lsingles where standout Chris Swars dominated his opponent 6-0, 6-0 and in No. 3 singles, where MP's Preston Wilson won via forfeit. MP's lone defeat came in No. 2 singles, where Tanner Lee was beaten in straight sets. MP head coach Hannah Grossman said of the boys' first-round win: "I knew it wasn't going to be easy going in. Then we went ahead, win- ning the first set in both of our P P V Continue the Tradition of Recognizing Excellence in Education and The Rising Star Program recognizes middle school students from Monroe County Middle School who have maintained A's on their report cards throughout the year. To sponsor a Rising Star Student contact Jennifer Mason, Program Coordinator, Your student sponsorship will pay for the student's gift, award, lunch, your name alongside the student's in the award program, and your business's logo will be featured in The Reporter. Additionaily, a special thank you will be given to these sponsors at the conclusion of the program. doubles matches, and Chris had already won. So. I was feeling pretty good, and then we just got out of our routine and out of our game. We just played down a little bit. It took us losing the second set in both matches in doubles for us to realize that we've got to start playing. Once they started doing what they know how to do and go back to the basics, they were able to overcome it and take care of business" Grossman said the Wilson brothers have worked hard on their serves this season, and it came in handy in a tight third set against Cairo. "Caleb's working on a kick serve, and his kick serve was killing it;' Grossman said. "He had the wind at the begin- ning a little bit, so he didn't use much of it. But that third set he used it, ~nd it made a difference. Micah was put- ring some spin on his serve and had less double faults. It makes a difference being able to win your service game and having success there." The Bulldogs, 13-4 overall (5-2 in Region 2-AAAA), advanced to the AAAA state playoffs by virtue of a second- place finish in the Region 2-AAAA tournament at John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon on Thursday. MP defeated Upson-Lee 3-0 in the semifinals on Thursday to guarantee theBulldogs a home first round playoff match. Swars won his No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0 while the Bulldogs also swept the two doubles matches. The No. 1 pair of Caleb and Micah Wilson won its match 6-0, 6-4 while No. 2 duo Carr and Smith took care of business 6-4, 6-2. MP's Lee was leading 7-6, 1-3 in his No. 2 singles match while Preston Wilson trailed 2-6, 6-1, 1-3 in his No. 3 singles match when play was halted after MP clinched. The Bulldogs then got a 30-minute break before taking on West Laurens in the finals for the second consecutive year. The finals was one-sided with the Bulldogs fating to capture a single set in an 0-5 loss. Swars was pounded in his No. 1 singles match 0-6, 1-6, and his teammates failed t0 fare much better. Lee lost his No. 2 singles match 2-6, Effective third-set serving by the doubles team of Micah Wilson (above) and Caleb Wilson enabled the MP boys to prevail on Mon- day. (Photo/Richard Dumas) 3-6 while Preston Wilson fell 2-6, 1-6 in No. 3 singles. In doubles, Caleb and Micah Wilson dropped their match 1-6, 2-6 while Smith and Carr fell short 4-6, 4-6 in the tight- est match of the final. Grossman said the MP boys simply fell short to a more talented team in the finals match. "West Laurens is a very solid team all around in every spot they've got" Grossman said. "They've had some freshmen come in that are excellent tennis players, but we played them much better this time around than we did the first time. The scores didn't reflect their hustle, their heart and really how well they played today." Ihe MP boys squad will next travel to state super- power Woodward Academy, likely on Tuesday, April 24, in its next match. Woodward Academy captured the AAA boys state title three times in a four-year span between 2009- 12 but has not won state since moving to AAAA in 2013. Meanwhile, the MP girls team will next host Shaw in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. IfMP wins, the Lady Dogs would also travel to Woodward Academy, likely on Tuesday, April 24, for their second-round match. The Woodward Academy girls have won four state titles since 2008, including most recently: in 2015. The Lady Dogs, 9-7 overall (4-3 in Region 2-AAAA), also~ advanced to the state playoffs as a result of a second-place finish in the Region 2-AAAA Tournament in Macon on Thursday. For the second straight year, the Lady Dogs fell short to West Laurens in the championship match, losing 0-5. MP's No. i singles standout i Cadi Seitz lost her match, MP's Jackie Gore dropped her No. 2 singles match 1-6, 1-6 while No. 3 singles player Emma Cantrell fell 0-6, 0-6. In doubles, MP's No. I doubles tandem of Audrey Parrott and Madeline Copeland lost 2-6, 0-6 while the Lady Dogs' No. 2 doubles team of Reagan Dorrity and Anna Starr lost 0-6, 1-6. MP advanced to the finals on Thursday by virtue of a 3-0 semifinal victory over Upson- Lee earlier in the day. MP was victorious in both doubles matches with the No. 1 team of Parrott and Cope- land dominating 6-3, 6-0. MP won the No. 2 doubles match by forfeit since Upson-Lee's full team was not present due to spring break. The other Lady Dogs' win came in No. 2i' singles where Gore completed a double-bagel 6-0, 6-0 vic- - tory. Cantrell was ahead 6-4, 3-3 in her No. 3 singles match while Seitz trailed 2-6, 0-1 in her No. 1 singles match when the semifinal team match was halted. Grossman said she was proud of her young girls ten- nis squad in finishing second in the region. lot of them had never ,9 played tennis before, and the came out here and worked hard every day and knew wha they needed to do" Grossman said. "They all wanna win, so they all have that fight and that drive. A lot of them are Z beginner tennis players, but they did what it takes to host that first round and second place in region." The Lady Dogs will be seek- ing their third straight Sweet 16 appearance with a win over Shaw on Wednesday. Welcomes Ashley Nicole Babcock- Professional Groomer Ashley Nicole Babcock has joined Kottage Kennels team as thier Professional Groomer. 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