JONESBORO, Ga. – The Northview boys and Blessed Trinity girls captured state tennis titles Saturday. It marked the sixth straight BT girls’ state championship.
It was the first state title for the Northview boys since 2009, when they won the state championship for the fourth straight time.
Northview defeated Pope 3-1 to take the AAAAA boys’ title, winning both doubles matches and the No. 3 singles. The doubles teams of Will Claussen-Gabe Caron and Jeremy Yuan-Joseph Zang both won for the Titans, as did Josh Slovin at No. 3 singles.
Avi Singh lost his match at No. 1 singles, with Matthew Terry’s match at No. 2 singles halted when Northview clinched the victory. It was the third straight win this season for Northview over Pope. With the Titans featuring five freshmen among the seven players in their lineup in the championship match, it does not bode well for the rest of AAAAA boys’ tennis.
Northview defeated Woodland-Bartow, North Atlanta, Allatoona and Lakeside-Evans to reach the finals, with a 3-2 victory in the semifinals over Lakeside the team’s closest match.
BT took the AAA girls’ title over region rival St. Pius, with the teams splitting their first two matches this season before BT won 3-2 in the title match. All three meetings between the two teams ended with 3-2 scores.
Like Northview, the Blessed Trinity girls won both doubles and the No. 3 singles. Kelly Higgins and Jessica Hyland won at No. 1 doubles, with Kimberly Edwards and Carolina Macolino coming back from losing the first set to win the decisive match at No. 2 doubles.
Monica Estep scored BT’s lone singles win at No. 3, with No. 1 Nicole Haigwood and No. 2 Julia Tasanasanta losing their matches.
The Blessed Trinity boys lost 3-2 to state champion St. Pius in the AAA quarterfinals, while Mount Pisgah lost 3-2 to Providence Christian in the Class A private school girls’ semifinals.
The Alpharetta girls and Cambridge girls both reached championship matches, with Alpharetta losing 3-1 to unbeaten Walton in AAAAAA and Cambridge dropping a 3-1 decision to Starr’s Mill in AAAAA.
The lone winner for Alpharetta in the finals was Ellen Jang-Milsten, who took the No. 1 singles match. The No. 1 doubles match was in the third set when Walton clinched the victory. It was the 10th state championship for the Walton girls in 11 years.
Alpharetta lost only one individual match in its four victories to reach the finals.
Cambridge lost all three singles matches to Starr’s Mill, despite Brenna Feirer and Kiley Dempsey winning at No. 1 doubles for Cambridge. The Lady Bears did not lose a match in any of its four playoff wins.
The Alpharetta boys lost to state champion Brookwood in the AAAAAA quarterfinals, with Johns Creek boys losing to state runner-up Lassiter in another boys’ AAAAAA quarterfinal match.
Johns Creek and Chattahoochee both reached the girls quarterfinals, with Walton eliminating Johns Creek and Alpharetta defeating Chattahoochee 3-2. The Northview girls lost 3-2 to state champion Starr’s Mill in the AAAAA semifinals after shutting out the team’s first three opponents.