CANTON — Lassiter’s boys tennis team completed its ascent to the top of Region 4AAAAAAA on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over defending champion Walton at BridgeMill Athletic Club.
The win capped a 12-0 run through the region regular season and tournament, and set the Trojans up for the Class AAAAAAA state tournament with a top seed and plenty of momentum.
“I think it was just an extension of what we’ve been doing all year,” Lassiter coach Duaine Hicks said. “We’ve just been really steady — not really up or down. These guys work hard and they’re talented. It’s a great day for Lassiter tennis all together with the girls and boys teams. We have a lot of momentum behind us, so I’m looking forward to a good run at state.”
Lassiter was not challenged much in the region final.
Joe Tanjuatco and Daniel Jamison won 6-0, 6-0 at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Gavin Roth and Kaanu Patel won 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles to complete the sweep.
Frank Hutchison and Daniel Hester were leading 6-2, 4-0 at No. 2 doubles and Noah Holsclaw leading 6-1, 4-3 at No. 1 singles when the match was called.
“It feels great,” Holsclaw said. “We’ve worked hard all season. We come out and just get really, really into it. I love playing for this team, and I can’t wait to see what we can do in the playoffs.”
Walton had to settle for the No. 2 seed, but it will have some momentum of its own after beating 2017 state runner-up Etowah 3-1 in the semifinals. Eli Ingelson won at No. 3 singles, and both doubles teams won.
Though Etowah will now have to travel for its first-round state playoff match, it was able to end the region season on a high note with a 3-1 win over archival Woodstock for the No. 3 seed.
All three Etowah points came in singles play, as Josh Raab won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1, Grant Williford won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 and Jake Tiberio winning 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3.
“Going in as a No. 3 seed will give us a tough bracket, but the boys played well,” Etowah coach Billie Beecher said. “Our singles played awesome, and I thought our doubles played pretty well earlier. I think going in with the win will push them forward into the first round, whoever we have to play.”
Woodstock’s lone point came from Evan Cohen and Tyler Onufrock, who won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.