May 17, 2021

Braves dominate Tigers to open tennis season at HCHS

Pictured above is the 2020 Heard High Tennis Team (Front L-R): Kaylee Freeman, Juliann Carpenter, Kailey Schneider, Alora Cosper, Emily Tisdale, Madison Chambers, Anna Jeter, Alannah McQuain, and Lily Langley (Back L-R): Head coach Lindsey Stewart, Andrew King, Daniel Burgos, Marty Clark, Luke Bennett, Sam Grizzard, Seth Flemming, Whit Pope, Xander Estes, Zak Hahn, and assistant coach Grace Tarpley (Photo: HCHS Tennis)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Brave varsity tennis teams started the season in exciting fashion with dominant season-opening Region 5-AA wins over Temple at HCHS Tuesday afternoon.

Leading the way was the boys squad who earned wins in all five matches for the 5-0 shutout.

No. 1 singles player Andrew King took his match by a final score of 8-4. No. Daniel Burgos won his one set match 8-3 and No. 3 Xander Estes likewise took down his Tiger opposition 8-3.

In doubles action, the Braves top team duo of Marty Clark and Seth Flemming won 8-2 while the No. 2 tandem of Sam Grizzard and Whit Pope scored an 8-0 shutout win.

On the female side, the Lady Braves walked away with a 4-1 win over the Tigers, with the lone loss coming via forfeit in the No. 1 doubles match after Alora Cosper and Kaylee Freeman had were retired due to an injury to Cosper.

In singles play for the Lady Braves, No. Juliann Carpenter won her first match of the season 8-4. No. 2 single Emily Tisdale finished off her opponent by a score of 8-3 and No. 3 Lily Langley served her way to an 8-0 shutout win.

The No. 2 doubles team of Kailey Schneider and Alannah McQuain came away victorious by a final score of 8-1.

First year head coach Lindsey Stewart was very pleased and by the solid day on showing from all of her players on both teams.

“We are super excited to start off by winning this region match,” said Stewart after the strong season opening matches. “Our goal at the beginning of this season was just to make the playoffs as one of the top four teams — but after today we are now looking to finish even higher.”

Stewart says that three singles players have really stood out early on during practices this year.

“Our junior Juliann Carpenter has been huge for our girls and definitely has the most experience for us at our No. 1 slot,” Stewart says. “For the boys, sophomores Andrew King and Daniel Burgos are both young players but we are super excited about their early progress.”

The Brave tennis teams return to action on Thursday with another Region 5-AA home match-up versus Jordan from Columbus.

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