By the match and by the set, LaGrange High girls tennis is maturing.
The Lady Grangers are winningmore.Theyarestarting to put the hammer down this season with what is now a 4-0 record. LaGrange High sailed through another match with a dominating 4-1 win over Cedartown on Thursday afternoon at the Mc-Cluskey Tennis Center.
“This was a big win for our girls. Last year this was a match that we would have lost. We are learning how to win, and our girls are working hard. We are steadily improving,” said Lady Grangers head coach Kenny Moore.
With players like Kaylee Key and Jamie Livingston, it is easy to see why LaGrange High is off to a smooth start this season. Key and Livingston are talented sophomores who are eager to learn and win.
They’re scrappers, too. Both girls went out and took points away from Cedartown, from the singles to the doubles matches. At No. 2 singles, Key disposed of Lady Bulldog player Suzanne Ellis, 6-2, 6-3.
Key had more shots and more serves than Ellis. Key’s concentration wasn’t even broken while the net was being prepared after the match was already underway. The Lady Granger was playing hard ball.
“I hit the ball down the line, and I hit it right back at her. I was hitting the ball crosscourt, and I was more consistent,” said Key.
She also served up four aces in the match.
“I tried to keep my serve flat with a lot of power,” said Key.
Livingston did her part, too, with some winning shots included in the No. 1 doubles match. Livingston and Lady Granger sophomore Lizzie Wilkerson teamed up for a 6-2, 6-2 win over Cedartown’s Joni Allen and Jodi Grace Kelley.
“They hit a lot of volleys, and we were able to get to those. We kept the ball in play. We have a strong and close team. We work well together,” said Livingston.
The Lady Grangers won at No. 2 doubles as well with sophomore Lauren Yarbrough and junior Youngju Cho. They defeated the Lady Bulldog team of Rachel Helmes and Sydney Tanner, 6-3, 6-2.
LaGrange High also got a long and satisfying match from junior Abbi Lynn Lanier atNo. 1 singles. Lanier outlasted and outworked Cedartown freshman Campbell Parhm, 6-4, 6-4. The physically fit Lanier had more left in the tank.
Also getting on court, at least for awhile, was Lady Granger sophomore Kelsey Anne Cadenhead. She played one set against Lady Bulldog freshman Katie Puckett before having to retire because of an injury.
Cadenhead forfeited the No. 3 singles match to Puckett.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer