After enduring what coach Bob Woodworth described as “a tennis nightmare,” the North Hall girls team coasted to a 3-0 win against Cook in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs Tuesday in Gainesville.
The top-seeded Lady Trojans (17-4) swept all three singles lines to secure a trip to the quarterfinals for the third straight season.
They’ll face fellow No. 1 seed Brantley County at 3 p.m. today at the John Drew Tennis Center in Macon. Instead of using a coin flip to determine who would host the quarterfinals — which is GHSA procedure for a match between two squads with the same seeding — the teams agreed to meet halfway.
North Hall’s second-round match was originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday but was pushed back two hours as Cook traveled from its boys team’s contest at Greater Atlanta Christian that afternoon.
The Hornets arrived shortly before 6 p.m. and hadn’t even finished warming up before rain forced the match to be postponed to Tuesday.
“To wait and wait and wait to play, and then have it rain and not play at all, that’s the worst-case scenario,” Woodworth said. “Being able to manage (the players’) attitudes was the most challenging part. But they did a good job and kept themselves focused.”
After such a long delay, the Lady Trojans wasted no time in beating Cook.
Anna Montgomery defeated Macie Rossetti (6-0, 6-1) in No. 1 singles, while Lauren Davis claimed No. 2 singles for North Hall with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Maggie Allen. No. 3 singles player Christen Barnes rounded out the Lady Trojans’ victory by topping Camille Fausett (6-1, 6-1).
“All the singles girls were really anxious to play and champing at the bit,” Woodworth said. “They took care of business pretty quickly, and I was impressed with their preparation and focus.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Annalise Gregory/Sydney Patterson had a one-set advantage and Carsen Baumgardner/Raquel Kallab had completed only two games in the first set of their No. 2 doubles match when Barnes clinched the win.
It earned the Lady Trojans a spot in the quarterfinals, where they suffered a 3-2 lost to Marist last season.
Brantley County enters the quarterfinal matchup having picked up a 5-0 win against Jackson in the first round of the playoffs and a 3-0 victory against Jackson County in the second round. The Region 2-3A champion will take on Region 7-3A winner North Hall with a trip to the state semifinals on the line.
“Them being region champions, that’s meaningful to me,” Woodworth said. “We’re going to have our hands full.”