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Adairsville, Cartersville in playoffs
by Ericka Birdsong
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Cartersville’s Nathan Slocum returns a serve during a practice earlier this season.
Cartersville’s Nathan Slocum returns a serve during a practice earlier this season.
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Adairsville and Cartersville qualified for the Georgia High School Association’s Class AAA State Tennis Playoffs that began last week.

In round one, Adairsville girls faced off against North Oconee, falling 3-0 and ending the season for their school.

Competing for Adairsville was singles one Kylee McCauley, singles two Katie Graf, singles three Jessica Posey, doubles one Elizabeth Davis and Macy Upshaw and doubles two McKenna Gulledge and Avery Hudson.

“This was an excellent learning experience for the team. We learned that we have to dictate the points and not let the other team control us on the court,” said head coach Brett Tolbert.

Cartersville saw different outcomes in the first round as the girls defeated Morgan County 4-0 and the boys defeated Hart County 3-2.

“I feel that the girls’ team performed amazingly well. They never let up on their level of play. The boys had a few struggles along the way, but their determination and dedication to one another paid off in the end,” said head coach Melissa Moore.

Moore said that she and coach Stephanie Earick are very proud of both teams and how they performed under great pressure.

The doubles one team for the girls was made up of twins Annabeth and Charleston Fox, with Ali Norwood and Sarah Vaughan making up the doubles two team. Moore said all her players were able to “easily defeat their opponents by hitting some sharp angles and alley shots.”

Competing for the boys’ team was singles one player Trevor Gotkowski and singles two player Drew Adsit along with the doubles one team, Tyler Hill and Matthew Scott.

Moore said the doubles team and Gotkowski “easily defeated their opponents” and that “it all came down to” Adsit as he was the “deciding match.”

“His opponent had been undefeated up until yesterday. I think this was a motivating factor for him,” said Moore.

On April 25 the Canes competed in the second round of the state playoffs, but failed to advance as the girls were defeated 3-0 by St. Pius and the boys lost 4-1 to Blessed Trinity, ending the season for them both.
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