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High school tennis: North Hall girls win thriller against Holy Innocents' in 4A state semifinals
North Hall faces Holy Innocents' in the Class 4A state semifinals May 4, 2023 in Gainesville. Photo by Bill Murphy

North Hall’s girls tennis program made school history Thursday. 

Facing Holy Innocents’ in the Class 4A state semifinals, the Lady Trojans prevailed 3-2, earning its first-ever trip to the state finals. 

Up next, North Hall will face the winner of Westminster/Pace Academy for the state championship on May 13 in Rome. 

For North Hall, the state semifinals came down to Lilly Perry at No. 3 singles, after the first four matches were an even split. 

And Perry responded in fine fashion, winning 6-1, 6-2 for North Hall. 

“It went exactly like I wanted it to go today,” North Hall coach Bob Woodworth said. “I’m thrilled with how they came through in the clutch moments.”

And with nice weather, North Hall also drew a big crowd to watch its Final Four match. 

When the match finished, all the Lady Trojans players rushed the courts to celebrate with Perry. 

Even though this might not have been the season pegged early for greatness, it came together quickly behind a strong trio of singles players. 

“These girls have worked so hard all season,” Woodworth added. “This group is so young that I don’t think they really saw the big picture until maybe then.”

Even though Perry had all the attention with the match hanging in the balance, North Hall’s win by Riley Morgan and Maggie Perry at No. 1 doubles was equally key, North Hall’s coach said. 

Despite trailing early in the first set, Morgan and Perry rebounded well to secure a 6-4, 6-3 win. 

Also winning for the Lady Trojans, Gabbie Jenkins had a stellar performance at No. 2 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2. 

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