Tennis tourney wraps up

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 16, 2014

Another Granger Invitational is in the books.

The two-day tennis tournament, which featured 40 schools and 80 teams, wrapped up on Saturday, with champions crowned in the three different divisions.

There were a few issues created by rain on Saturday morning, with some of the tennis courts unavailable, but LaGrange High head coach Kenny Moore said everything worked out fine.

“We were scrambling around pretty good,” Moore said. “We didn’t know if the rain was going to come even stronger later, so we were scrambling around to get matches on. But it worked out, and the sun came out, and we got it all in, got it all done.”

In Division I, the North Gwinnett boys’ team won the championship, while Blessed Trinity won the girls title.

In Division II, Bremen won the girls’ title, and Calhoun captured the boys’ championship.

In Division III, Central-Carroll was the champion on the girls’ side, and Eagles Landing claimed the boys title.

The LaGrange teams, who were in Division II, both played three matches in the tournament.

The Grangers, after going 1-1 on Friday, lost their third match on Saturday and finished 1-2.

The Lady Grangers, who also split their Friday matches, won their Saturday match to finish 2-1.

“The Granger Invitational is very good for our team,” Moore said. “It gave us a chance to not only see some really good tennis, but also to see where we are as a team.”

On Saturday, the LaGrange girls eased past Madison County 4-1.

Caroline Johnson won at number one singles, Katie Graham prevailed at number two singles, and Jordan Reese won a tiebreaker after she and Abby Thrasher split the first two sets.

At number one doubles, Jia Lee and Euna Oh won easily.

The LaGrange boys, meanwhile, lost to Westover 3-2 on Saturday.

Four of the matches came down to a tiebreaker after the first two sets were split, and Westover won three of those matches.

At number two singles, LaGrange’s Clay Dodson won in a tiebreaker, and Connor Mahan won in straight sets at number one singles.

On Friday, the LaGrange girls lost to Newnan 4-1, and they beat Union Grove 3-2.

In the Union Grove match, winners for LaGrange were Johnson, Reese, and Lee and Oh in doubles.

In the Newnan match, Johnson was LaGrange’s lone winner.

Also on Friday, the LaGrange boys beat Lumpkin County 4-1 and lost to Dalton 3-2.

Against Lumpkin County, LaGrange swept the three singles matches.

Mahan rolled at number one singles, Clay Dodson won easily at number two singles, and P.J. Alford didn’t lose a game at number three singles.

Those three players lost a combined one game.

LaGrange’s other win was provided by Daniel Yi and Jas Singh at number two doubles.

Against Dalton, LaGrange’s winners were Dodson and Alford.

Alford won 10-8 in a tiebreaker after he and Nathan Bryant split the first two sets.

LaGrange will return to Region 5-AAAA competition today when it visits Carrollton.

“It’s no rest for the weary,” Moore said. “That’s one of our two biggest region matches. We’ll see where we are.”