County teams look to advance to tennis elite eight
by Emily Horos
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Ben Van Hout and the rest of River Ridge boys tennis team will try to advance to the Class AAAA elite eight when they face LaGrange today.
Ben Van Hout and the rest of River Ridge boys tennis team will try to advance to the Class AAAA elite eight when they face LaGrange today.
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The state tennis playoffs are underway, and after winning first-round matches, a couple of county teams have already moved onto the second round.

The River Ridge boys beat Therrell 5-0 in the Class AAAA playoffs and will now host LaGrange in a second-round match at 4 p.m. today.

River Ridge coach Lynn Freeman said LaGrange will be a challenge. Against common opponents, they had similar results. Both schools beat Dalton 3-2. Union Grove beat LaGrange 4-1 and beat River Ridge 3-2.

“It appears from past statics, we are going to be closely matched,” said Freeman. “We will just have to see what happens.”

The Knights will be using an alternate in the match as Cameron Burnhart will be paired with freshman Grayson Chumley at No. 2 doubles. Freeman said Matt Pauley, who normally plays with Burnhart, has a prior commitment and is unavailable for the match.

Freeman said each match will be a challenge from here on.

“We knew that in the second round and the elite eight, we would face the toughest competition until the end,” said Freeman.

In the match against Therrell, Jeremy Mims won 6-2, 6-4 and Ben Van Hout won 6-0, 6-0. Therrell forfeited the No. 3 singles, while both doubles pairings won as well.

The winner of the match will face the winner of a match between Marist and Columbus for a shot at the semifinals.

Also into the second round are the Sequoyah girls, who defeated Dunwoody 3-0 to advance. The Lady Chiefs will play the winner of a first-round match between Allatoona and Winder-Barrow.

Lady Chiefs coach Karin Eubanks said her players are excited to be where they are.

“I have five freshmen on the team, so as excited as they are, they don’t know how excited they should be,” said Eubanks. “This is really special for them.”

Eubanks said the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches that Sequoyah won weren’t very close, but the No. 1 double match that sealed the victory was hard-fought. The Lady Chiefs were the No. 3 seed from Region 7AAAAA, while Dunwoody was the No. 2 seed from its region.

“They are playing to their potential and that is all you can ask,” said Eubanks.

In Class AAAAAA, the both the boys and girls teams from Woodstock will travel to Parkview for first-round matches. In both genders Woodstock is the third seed and Parkview the second.

Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded Etowah boys will travel to Brookwood.

All of the Class AAAAAA matches were scheduled for either Wednesday or Thursday.
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