Nine tennis teams closing in on state championships
by Adam Carrington
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Kennesaw Mountain’s Samantha Armas will help lead the Lady Mustangs into today’s Class AAAAAA state semifinal match against defending state champion Walton. The winner will play Saturday against the winner of Hillgrove and Alpharetta for this year’s title.
Kennesaw Mountain’s Samantha Armas will help lead the Lady Mustangs into today’s Class AAAAAA state semifinal match against defending state champion Walton. The winner will play Saturday against the winner of Hillgrove and Alpharetta for this year’s title.
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While Walton is the likely favorite in today’s Class AAAAAA state semifinal against Kennesaw Mountain the Lady Mustangs are more than willing to take up the challenge.

The Lady Raiders have dominated tennis at the highest classification for the last decade and continue to do so, having lost only one match since 2003. Kennesaw Mountain, meanwhile, has produced talent the last four years, winning four straight region titles and making the state semifinals for the third straight time.

“I think we will match up pretty well,” Walton coach Christy Lewis said. “All the way down, there will be some great tennis matches.”

Of the five matches, three could potentially be close, and the Lady Mustangs would have to win at least two of them for a chance to produce an upset.

The top two singles matches are intriguing with Walton’s Bella Kuse facing Samantha Armas and Suzanne Zenoni playing Nicole Croxton. While Kennesaw Mountain’s has one of its strongest No. 1 doubles duos behind Chiko Okonkwo and Sophia Suri, they will have to prove themselves against Katie Riley and Jessica Cramer, who have yet to give up a set in the three seasons they’ve played together.

“I know we don’t match up with all seven of them but where we do match up will be interesting,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Connie Bailey said. “I think we’ll be competitive. We have a chance and we’re willing to take it.”

The winner will play the winner of Hillgrove and Alpharetta on Saturday at Clayton County International Park.

Other area teams will be vying for a trip to state finals as well.

The Lassiter boys will be hosting North Cobb on Wednesday in hopes of advancing to the state finals for the first time since 2007. Meanwhile, the Warriors are seeking a second straight chance to play for a state title after coming up short against Brookwood in last year’s championship.

Brothers Daniel and Christopher Yun have led Lassiter for most of the season but the Trojans are also getting contributions elsewhere.

Lassiter’s latest win over Johns Creek was capped by its No. 1 doubles team of Ben Anderson and Brandon Wortkotter, who rallied in the third set to clinch the final match. Christopher Yun has also been in some battles at No. 2 singles as of late.

North Cobb has also been strong at singles this season behind Rohman Mitchell and Richard Johnson, who will likely be playing the Yuns in Wednesday’s match.

The Hillgrove boys are in the state semifinals for the first time in school history and the Hawks could have their hands full today at defending state champion Brookwood.

Pope is the lone Class AAAAA team remaining and is playing at Glynn Academy today.

Austin Bates continues to carry Pope at No. 1 singles, but the Greyhounds made a lineup change for the playoffs and it seems to be paying off. Michael Busby moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 singles to allow Dominic Allen to team up with Ryan Heins at No. 1 doubles.

In Class A, the Mount Paran Christian boys are hosting Savannah Country Day today and the Whitefield Academy girls are hosting Darlington.

TENNIS STATE SEMIFINAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Boys

Savannah Country Day at Mount Paran Christian

Today 10 a.m.

Pope at Glynn Academy

Today 1 p.m.



Hillgrove at Brookwood

Today 4 p.m.

North Cobb at lassiter

Wednesday 4 p.m.

Girls

Kennesaw Mountian at Walton

Today 4 p.m.

Hillgrove at Alpharetta

Today 4 p.m.



Darlington at Whitefield Academy

Today 4 p.m.

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