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North Atlanta aims for another state playoff run
by Greg Oshust
April 02, 2013 02:53 PM | 2011 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Nathan Self<br>North Atlanta’s Allie Bailey hits a shot during the Lady Warriors’ match with Dunwoody last Tuesday.
Staff / Nathan Self
North Atlanta’s Allie Bailey hits a shot during the Lady Warriors’ match with Dunwoody last Tuesday.
The North Atlanta girls’ tennis team took a big leap forward in 2012, when it earned its first postseason berth since ’03 and advanced to the Class AAA state playoffs.

This year’s Lady Warrior team is looking for a repeat of that performance as they finish up the regular season.

It’s been another successful year for North Atlanta, which concluded its campaign with a 6-3 overall record and 3-1 mark in Region 7AAAAA.

“The season’s gone great,” coach Fielding Martin said. “The team has played well and we’re looking forward to regionals. I feel really good about it.”

North Atlanta did suffer its first loss in the region in its regular-season finale, falling to Lakeside 3-2 last Thursday.

The Lady Warriors are contenders — along with Dunwoody and Lakeside — for the top spot in the 7AAAAA tournament, which will be held April 15 at the DeKalb Tennis Center in Decatur.

The seedings for the tournament will be determined at a meeting of the region’s coaches Thursday.

In the 2012 Class AAA playoffs, North Atlanta — seeded fourth in 5AAA — defeated LaGrange and Gainesville in the first two rounds before losing to eventual AAA champion St. Pius X in the quarterfinals.

Martin said that her team has been able to build on last year’s success.

“Definitely, it had a positive effect,” she said. “The girls feel like that state is within reach. They think about it all the time and they’re excited about getting past regionals. They’re expectations are very high.”

Leading the way at No. 1 singles is sophomore Sofia Kurtz, an accomplished junior tennis player who is ranked 58th in the nation, 13th in the Southeast and third in Georgia by the website.

“She is a force to be reckoned with,” Martin said. “She’s awesome.”

Sophomore Wendy Harrison and senior Allie Bailey are the No. 2 and 3 singles players, respectively.

The Lady Warriors’ doubles lineup includes sophomores Tatianna Lockhart and Carlin Smith at the No. 1 position, along with freshmen Lina Altug and Taylor Brown in the No. 2 spot.

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