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Tennis teams split in state's opening round

Posted: April 25, 2015 - 11:14pm
Greenbrier's No. 1 singles player, Morgan Taylor, races after the ball during her match on Wednesday.  Taylor won her match 6-0, 6-0.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Greenbrier's No. 1 singles player, Morgan Taylor, races after the ball during her match on Wednesday. Taylor won her match 6-0, 6-0.

By Scott Rouch

Staff Writer

Twitter @ScottRouch

The Greenbrier girls tennis team extended their season Wednesday afternoon while the boys saw theirs come to a close.

Both were playing host as No. 2 seeds in the opening round of the GHSA Class AAAAA state tennis tournament. The Lady Wolfpack dispatched Northside-Columbus quickly 3-0, while the boys went down 3-0 to Harris County, albeit with a fight.

Greenbrier coach Stefanie Basinger was sad to see the boys’ season end when No. 2 singles Holden Ashley lost his match, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6.

“They came so close, they wanted to get further than they did last year,” said Basinger, whose Wolfpack (11-6) were ousted in the state’s opening round a year prior as well. “It was a great season and I saw a ton of growth in the guys.”

No. 1 singles player Justin Smith fell 6-0, 6-2 while No. 3 Rishab Chawla lost 6-0, 6-0.

Had Ashley held on for the win, both doubles matches would have come into play and both Wolfpack squads were up a set when play was halted.

“It was definitely a tough match and I wasn’t on my A game,” said Chawla, who will attend Georgia Tech in the fall to study biomedical engineering. “I think we fought this season and gave it all we had.”

The Lady Wolfpack (13-4) dominated with No. 1 singles Morgan Taylor winning 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 singles Lauren Batchelor finishing 6-1, 6-1 as did the No. 1 doubles tandem of Meghan Dixon and Sydney Hutto.

While she thought Taylor was on top of her game, Basinger said Batchelor has been an X factor lately.

“She’s (Batchelor) been stepping up toward the end of the season and has made a difference in our team,” Basinger said.

Hutto was anticipating their second-round match on the road with McIntosh.

“It’s exciting and kind of nerve-racking to see what’s ahead,” said Hutto.

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