Tennis: Starr’s Mill, Westminster split battle of powerhouses

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Last Tuesday’s showdown between the Starr’s Mill and Westminster girls pitted a pair of 2014 state champions against one another. Starr’s Mill, the reigning Class AAAAA winner, paid a visit to the Wildcats and pulled out a 3-2 victory. Westminster, which triumphed in Class AA in both 2013 and 2014, got doubles wins from Simrun Mithwani and Cyan D’Anjou and from Abby Seitz and Caitlyn Margol, but they could not solve their opponents’ singles lineup. The Panthers took each of the last two matches in three sets to overcome a 2-1 deficit.

The story was a different one on the boys’ side, where Westminster has won four straight state championships and Starr’s Mill has triumphed in two of the last five seasons. All three singles matches went in favor of the Wildcats, who were led by Al Hill at No. 1, Josh Doman at No. 2, and Josh Pinckney in the third spot. Westminster won the overall contest 4-1.

With Westminster gone from Class AA, the door could be open for schools such as Greater Atlanta Christian, Holy Innocents’, Lovett and Wesleyan. Holy Innocents’ is getting accustomed to competitive matches, which could come in handy for the region and state tournaments. The Lady Bears beat Providence 3-2, lost to Riverwood 3-2, and fell to Walker 4-1. Each of the boys’ first three dates on the schedule ended in 3-2 decisions, with wins over Providence and Walker in addition to a setback at the hands of Riverwood. Holy Innocents’ battle with Riverwood came down to a final tiebreaker.

In Class AAAAAA, Norcross had its way with Mountain View in a meeting between Region 7 rivals last Tuesday. The Blue Devil boys improved to 6-0 on the season thanks to a 4-1 win. Joe Miller and Ryan Lokhorst took care of their singles matches, while Jake Karalexis and Garrett Bruce prevailed at No. 1 doubles and Ricky Wilson and Matthew Chen got the job done at No. 2. Norcross’ girls swept Mountain View 5-0. Amber Lackey, Rachel Luttrell and Michelle Huseonica put up points in singles; doubles winners were Allison Schreter, Leah Thomas, Lindsey Baker and Maya Tannenbaum.

This upcoming Friday and Saturday, the annual Buckhead Rotary Tennis Tournament will take center stage. Among the competing teams are Chattahoochee, Lovett, Norcross, Pace Academy, St. Pius X, Woodward and Westminster.

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