December 8, 2021

2019 Heard High Tennis Preview

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County High School tennis team will serve it up at home tomorrow afternoon at 4PM versus Troup County from Class AAAA to officially kick off the 2019 tennis season.

The Braves will return a lot of experience on the men’s side of the court but will face some challenges on the women’s side with only one player with consistent varsity experience.

The team is facing a struggle as they assemble together for matches the first time since the loss of junior doubles player Ryan Tatom. Tatom passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident last September.

Head coach Blake Alford says the team is still grieving the loss of their teammate and friend but wants to play well to honor Ryan’s memory during the season.

The Braves return both of their top single’s players in No. 1 Garrett Callahan and No. 2 Jordan Cornelius. Alford says the two seniors are very close with Callahan getting the nod at No. 1 as a more seasoned and experienced player.

Junior Dave Dunn, a doubles’ player last season will be the No. 3 singles competitor following the graduation of last year’s No. 3 Thad Higgins.

In doubles play the No. 1 duo will consist of the senior duo of Duncan Googe and Ethan Hahn who both played doubles last season. The No. 2 tandem will consist of senior Denver Klaustermeyer-Beamon and freshman newcomer Andrew King.

Other male players expected to see action this season include junior Marty Clark, sophomores Whit Pope and Seth Flemming, and freshmen Daniel Burgos and Sam Grizzard.

For the Lady Braves, it will be the returning senior Katie Smith who will tackle the challenge of being the only returning varsity starter.

The Lady Braves graduated all three of the top singles players last season: Melissa Collins, Makayla Red, and Laurel Roberts.

Smith will handle the toughest opposition from the No. 1 singles spot while newcomer freshman Chaple Butler will take over as the No. 2 single. Alford says although Butler is new to the sport her toughness and competitiveness has been the key to her earning the No. 2 spot.

Sophomore Juliann Carpenter had limited experience as a freshman and will fill the hole at No. 3.

Four upperclassmen will be in the doubles slots with the twosome of senior Haley Henry and junior Kailey Schneider playing the No. 1 doubles position while junior Lily Langley and Morgan Nations will team up in the No. 2 doubles position.

Other young players that should see some action for the Lady Braves in 2019 include juniors Mary Christian Herndon and Alannah McQuain along with freshmen newcomers Alora Cosper and Emily Tisdale.

Alford’s assistant again this season is Coach Lindsey Stewart.

Brave tennis fans will be glad to hear that almost all of this year’s regular season matches will take place in the friendly confines of HCHS. The only away matches will be a rescheduled match at Temple on March 6, and a road tilt at Bremen on March 26.

The squad also will compete in the Granger Invitational March 15-16. HCHS will also host the Region 5-AA tournament on April 9.

Bremen moved back down from Class AAA to Class AA this season and should be a very strong contender in region play. For more tennis updates and to view the complete season schedule visit Heard County High School Tennis on Facebook.

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