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County teams advance in state tennis tournament

Posted: April 28, 2012 - 11:11pm
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Lakeside's Josh Kienzle returns a shot in the Panthers' Class AAAA Boys State Tennis Tournament first round, won by the Panthers Wednesday.  Scott Rouch
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Lakeside's Josh Kienzle returns a shot in the Panthers' Class AAAA Boys State Tennis Tournament first round, won by the Panthers Wednesday.

It didn’t take long for the Lakeside High School boys tennis team to advance to the second round of the Class AAAA Boys State Tennis Tournament on Wednesday morning.

A day after the Lakeside girls team advanced to the second round of the state tournament with a 5-0 win over Lee County, the Panthers made short work of Northside-Warner Robins, winning 3-0.

“It’s good. We’re excited to be in the second round,” said Panthers head coach Miranda Whitmire, whose squad entered as the No. 2 team from Region 2. “The next match, no matter who we
play, is going to be tough.”

Finishing first was the doubles team of Will Kuzia and Ethan van Arkel, who won 6-0, 6-1.

Jacob Vincenzetti finished next with a 6-2, 6-1 win followed by Andrew Bowles’ 6-1, 6-3 triumph.

Vincenzetti, who played doubles in 2011, knows the competition level will go up the further they advance.

“The teams get harder and teams pay more attention
to you,” Vincenzetti said.

Northside got on the board when Nate Ashley topped Josh Kienzle, 7-6, 6-0. Because of time constraints, the second doubles match was halted tied at one set each.

While Whitmire was happy about advancing, she knows her boys still have some work to do.

“They (boys) played well, but I’ve seen them play better,” she said. “They’ll have to play better if they want to get to the third round of state.”

Depending on what happens with potential opponents, both Lakeside squads have a chance at hosting a second-round match. Those matches will have to conclude by Wednesday.

This past Wednesday, the Greenbrier girls took on Northside-Warner Robins’ girls in the first round.

After reaching the final four of the tournament the past three years, expectations are running high for the Lady Wolfpack (13-0). They won 5-0.

“I feel that today was ... an important step in the process,” said Greenbrier girls head coach Brittany Jackson on her team’s win. “We’re not going to go out and celebrate tonight.”

The road to the final four will go through Greenbrier, who will play at home until they reach the semifinals held in Clayton County or they lose.

They are slated to play host to the winner of Mundy’s Mill and Woodland in the second round.

Senior singles player Katie Krupp was the first off the court with a 6-0, 6-0 win. A veteran of state tournament play, she wasn’t taking anything for granted entering the match.

“I always expect good competition and I play my best at all times,” Krupp said.

The doubles team of Brooke Sanderson and Lauren Batchelor finished next, winning 6-2, 6-0.

Seniors Molly Lee and Heather Frazier made the win official with their 6-0, 6-1 doubles win.

Completing the day were singles players Blaire LaSure and Morgan Taylor, who both won 6-0, 6-1.

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