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Ola's memorable tennis season falls short of playoffs
by Maurice Dixon
April 24, 2014 02:20 PM | 1819 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>From left, Ola tennis players Grace Davis 
Jeffrey Pope and Ansley Calhoun.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
From left, Ola tennis players Grace Davis Jeffrey Pope and Ansley Calhoun.
The Ola girls and boys’ tennis teams both had good seasons to build upon and hopefully next year a similar or better performance will land them each a spot in the postseason.

The Lady Mustangs earned a 13-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in Region 4-AAAAA but fell short to Northgate 3-2 for the No. 4 spot last Thursday in the region tournament. Starr’s Mill, McIntosh and Union Grove claimed the other three seeds, respectively.

“We won our No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches but lost both doubles matches,” Ola girls’ coach Ann Waiting said.

Emily Owen, Hayden Mathis and Tiffany Ford were all seniors but Calloway Anderson, Ansley Calhoun, Grace Davis, who had a 15-1 record this season, Taylor Dillingham, Ashley Hurtt and Michelle Le should all be back next season.

“It was a great season,” Waiting said. “We’re at a young stage of building a stronger program so we can compete with the Union Groves of the world.”

Even though the region will be realigned next season, Ola will still have to face the aforementioned teams but will compete against more Henry schools instead of Clayton schools.

“I want the girls to continue with their private coaches and get out and play several times a week,” Waiting said. “There are a few changes but for the most part we still have the big boys.”

As far as the Mustangs, they had a 14-2 record overall but also lost 3-2 to Union Grove last Thursday for the No. 4 seed, falling short in the No. 1 and 2 singles matches and No. 2 doubles match. Starr’s Mill, Union Grove and McIntosh secured the other three spots, respectively.

The Wolverines were scheduled to host Evans this week and the Lady Wolverines were scheduled to visit Greenbrier on Tuesday but results were unavailable at deadline.

“I’m hoping we are better contenders next year because I do have a lot of young players coming up,” Waiting said.

“Union Grove is graduating six seniors so that gives us an opportunity to be more competitive.”

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