JONESBORO, Ga. - The greatest season in Spalding High girls tennis history came to an end, 5-0, Friday at the hands of Class AAA defending state champion Riverwood in the semifinal round of the Class AAA playoffs at International Park.
It was the furthest No. 4-state ranked Spalding had ever advanced in the state playoffs, despite making it to the Elite 8 the previous two years in a row and three times in the last four seasons.
“I think the other team had a lot more tournament experience,” said first-year SHS coach Ashley Johnson. “They came out and took the momentum right away before we knew what happened.”
Still, Spalding went down swinging, as Sarah Turner lost 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Elizabeth Turner went down 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, Caroline Dallas went down 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, Lauren Moore and Emily Peek went down 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles and Laura Ann Mabbett and Morgan Drake went down 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.
“I think once they relaxed, the girls played well,” said Johnson. “They should be proud of themselves.”