Last week was a good one for Columbia County tennis teams.
On April 10, the Grovetown High School girls qualified for the state tournament for the first time with a third-place finish at the Region 3-AAA tournament.
On Thursday, the Grovetown boys followed suit with their own third-place finish at the regional tournament they played host to at Patriots Park.
On April 11, the Augusta Prep girls advanced to the Georgia Independent School Association state tournament with a first-place finish, making them the GISA Region 4-AAA champions. Augusta Prep’s head coach Chris Dickson was named the region coach of the year in the process.
The Grovetown boys
(11-4) needed a first-round win over Cross Creek on Thursday to advance to the state tournament. Needing to win three matches in the best of five, the doubles team of Jacob Smith and Richard Scala got things going with a 6-2, 6-2 win. No. 1 singles player Santino Genova followed with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph, and Tye Lofquist and Dakota Madigan won 6-1, 6-1 to seal the deal.
“It was important to make the states for the first time as the boys,” said Genova.
For Warriors coach Jeff Davis, the win helped accomplish a preseason goal.
“That was really our goal at the beginning of the year, just to be able to qualify (for regionals) and put ourselves in a good position to make it to states,” said Davis. “We had a good regular season and that put us in a position where we were able to beat Cross Creek and make it.”
In the second round, the Warriors were swept 3-0 by eventual region champion Westside, but rebounded to finish off Thomson 3-1 to place third. Luciano Rosario got a 6-0, 6-3 win while both doubles teams were victorious once more.
In GISA girls singles play, Augusta Prep’s Brooke Stevens took first and Sophie Pollak finished third. The Cavaliers’ doubles team of Brook Arnold and Caroline Andrew were first while Julianna Turner and Ana Harbin took third.
Qualifying on the boys side for the Cavaliers were singles player Mathieu Erramuzpe and the doubles team of Jon Swierczynski and Nikilesh Rao.