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Richmond Hill tennis knocked from state tourney
Alex Shermer returns a serve during Richmond Hill's state tournament tennis match against Sequoyah Tuesday at Henderson Park. - photo by Ted O'Neil

The Richmond Hill girls’ and boys’ tennis teams fell in the second round of the state tournament Tuesday at Henderson Park.

The girls’ team lost 3-2 to Allatoona, while the boys’ team lost 3-1 to Sequoyah. High school tennis is played in a best-of-five format, with three singles and two doubles matches. Once Sequoyah achieved three wins, the match was called with one game still in progress.

For the girls, Hannah Yontz won at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-4, and Megan Bausch won at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1. Alex Shermer won at No. 1 singles for the boys 6-1, 6-3.

Allatoona and Sequoyah were both the No. 4 seed in Region 4-AAAAAA and had beaten the No. 1 seeds from Region 8-AAAAAA in the first round. Wildcats Coach Jeffery Graham Sr., however, said region seedings in high school tennis can be deceptive.

“They come from a very strong region that has nine teams,” he said. “So even the No. 4 team is going to be pretty tough.”

Both Richmond Hill teams were the No. 2 seed in Region 2-AAAAAA and both defeated Jonesboro last week in the first round of the tournament.

Despite their wins, Yontz, Bausch and Shermer saw their seasons come to an end Tuesday as Georgia no longer has an individual state tennis tournament, only a team tournament.

“It was really getting to be too much for both the players and coaches when it came to missing that much school,” Graham said. “It wasn’t good academically.”

The girls’ team finishes the season at 14-4 overall, while the boys’ team finishes at 10-8.

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