The Lady Jags, ranked No. 4 in the state, were so dominant Wednesday that they only lost two games overall and the entire set of matches lasted less than one hour.
No. 1 singles player Sarah Turner beat her opponent 6-1, 6-0 and her sister, No. 2 singles Elizabeth Turner, won 6-0, 6-0. Caroline Dallas, the No. 3 singles player, won 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles action, the No. 1 tandem of Emily Peek and Lauren Moore blanked their opponents 6-0, 6-0 and not to be outdone, the No. 2 tandem of Laura Anne Mabbett and Morgan Drake also won 6-0, 6-0.
Not bad for a team whose players just came back into town after enjoying spring break festivities.
“It seems like my team took their rackets to the beach with them,” said Lady Jags head coach Ashley Johnson. “They looked really good today and they are really motivated. I’m proud to watch them play.”
Sarah Turner, who made it back from spring break on Wednesday, said the team had a goal to play well this season.
“We were really excited to play in state this year,” she said. “We’re glad everyone came out to support us. And for the seniors, we want to go out and finish up the year strong.”
In order to do that, the Lady Jags will have to get past a LaGrange team that has knocked them out of the state playoffs for the last two seasons. Spalding will travel to play No. 7 ranked LaGrange in the second round Monday at 2 p.m.
“They have eliminated us the last two years, but I believe we have a chance to win this year,” said Sarah.
“We’re really looking forward to playing them on Monday,” Elizabeth Turner said.
SHS BOYS TENNIS: The Spalding boys tennis team didn’t fare well in their first round state playoff game Tuesday, losing 5-0 to Richmond Hill.
The matches were played on the Richmond Hill campus, located in the Savannah area.
GHS GIRLS TENNIS; The Griffin High girls tennis team didn’t even play a match Thursday as the team was listed on the GHSA website as being a 3-0 forfeit. The Lady Bears were scheduled to travel to Lakeside-Evans in state playoff action.