Kennesaw Mountain tennis finding success

John Gardner

The Kennesaw Mountain tennis teams took part over the weekend in the Golden Isles Invitational at Jekyll Island and the boys returned home with a title. Kennesaw Mountain swatted Pierce County and Lowndes 4-1 to earn the right to face Glynn Academy for the title. The Mustangs were led by Aaron Barris, Joe Klokow and Matthew Osajima en route to a 5-0 victory. Barris’ victory pushed him to 46 career wins, a new Kennesaw Mountain team record. The girls finished third. … The Walton girls improved to 11-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory over Wheeler in the first round of the Region 5-AAAAAA tournament. The Raiders next face Etowah on April 16. … The Brookwood programs completed a perfect week last week, sweeping Central Gwinnett 5-0, 5-0 last Tuesday before whitewashing Berkmar on Thursday. The girls continued to dominate Monday, blasting South Gwinnett 5-0. Gabby Griffith, Alex Adams and Maddy Stanitzke all earned victories. The boys also claimed a 5-0 victory. … The North Gwinnett girls played three matches in three days last week and came away with three impressive victories. After blanking Mountain View 5-0, the Bulldogs edged past Norcross 4-1 before blanking Duluth. North Gwinnett returns to action today when the Bulldogs host Collins Hill in the team’s final region match of the regular season. … The Collins Hill boys rebounded from a 4-1 loss to Norcross last Monday to sweep Habersham Central and Meadowcreek 5-0. … Gainesville slipped past Flowery Branch 3-2 in boys Region 8-AAAAA play last Thursday. Graham McKinnon and Jackson Goble each earned a singles point and the Red Elephants claimed one of the two doubles matches to snare the victory. … The Lanier boys pushed North Hall in a 4-1 Trojans’ victory. Lanier earned the No. 3 singles point and nearly came away with another singles point at No. 2 but North Hall’s Jackson Davis won in a tiebreaker. … Finally, the Southwest DeKalb boys got off to a hot 10-0 start thanks in part to the Panthers’ success in doubles. The No. 1 team of Jabari Scott/Stephen Lamar was 6-0 as of last Tuesday while the combination of Lamar/Darrius Winns was 3-0 at No. 1 doubles. Winns/Taron Graham are 4-0 in No. 2 doubles play. In singles action, sophomore Kimani Deveaux is 8-2 on the year at No. 1 while Corey Carter is 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Overall, Carter is 8-0 on the year. The Southwest DeKalb girls are also impressive in doubles play as the team of Peri Green/Destini Willis is 10-0 while the Ashleigh Farmer/Kristin Wilson team is 5-0.

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