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TFS MS boys’ tennis fights through adversity, girls win with ease against Habersham



Tallulah Falls School’s middle school tennis teams maintained and built upon their strong records on Tuesday, Sept. 24, when they traveled to and defeated teams from Habersham County.

The boys’ team was a perfect 4-0 in league play coming into the day. Despite losing the first two singles’ matches, TFS boys were able to rally and win the last three matches to keep their perfect record alive. Seventh-grader TJ Cox of Cornelia started the boys’ comeback, winning his match commandingly, 8-1. 

“TJ stayed focused and strong,” coach Lisa Wilcox said. “He was tenacious and very consistent against his opponent, giving TFS our first win.”

The doubles pair of seventh-graders Aiden and Everett VanOrman of Clarkesville won their match 8-2, setting up a winner-take-all showdown in the last doubles match. Seventh-grader Jake Owensby and eight-grader Justin Graham left little to the imagination, and won 8-0, preserving the Indians’ untarnished record in league play.

“Our No. 1 doubles team of Everett and Aiden VanOrman are really putting some power behind each stroke, winning against their opponents,” coach Wilcox said. “Our No. 2 doubles team showed their game improvement, with Jake Owensby at the net smashing and not letting the ball get by him as his teammate, Justin Graham, set him up to win their points.”

The TFS girls dominated from start to finish, sweeping Habersham. To start things off, eighth-grader Annabelle Jackson of Alto won 8-0 in the No. 1 singles spot. Seventh-graders Lizzie Huebner of Clarkesville and Landry Carnes of Demorest each won their singles’ matches 8-1. It was a clean sweep in both doubles matches for the girls, as the pairing of seventh-grader Madeline Martin of Cornelia and eighth-grader Susie Sun of Clarkesville won 8-0, while seventh-grader Jordan St. Germaine of Demorest and sixth-grader Keira Webb of Clarkesville also won their match by the same margin.

TFS boys’ (9-1, 5-0) and girls’ (8-2, 4-1) teams will play their last regular-season matches tomorrow at Rabun County.

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