Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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AUGUSTA -- Call it a clean sweep for Westwood.
The Lady Wildcats' tennis team brought home the top prize in GISA Class A on Wednesday, winning two matches at the team state tournament two days after No. 1 singles star Sydnee Smith won her third individual title in a row and the No. 1 doubles duo of Annabelle Larkin and Kaycie Eubanks won their first.
"The girls were so excited," Westwood coach Carole Powell said via telephone as she drove back from Augusta. "I'm not sure about this, but this may be the first state title in girls tennis we've ever won. I know since I've been (since 2004), it's the first. It was a great season."
Westwood beat Oak Mountain in the semis Wednesday, then toppled David Emanuel in the finals as Smith won twice, Eubanks/Larkin won twice and sisters Katherine Collins and Claire Collins also won a match each at No. 2 doubles. In the GISA state tournament, once a team reaches three wins, all other matches are stopped and the winning team advances, meaning Savannah Jones (No. 2 singles) and Laken Lewis (No. 3) -- Westwood's other two members of the team -- didn't even have to finish their matches before the Lady Wildcats were declared winners.
The Westwood boys, who also qualified for the Final Four at state, lost in the finals to David Emanuel after beating Oak Mountain in the semis.