Thomasville Times Enterprise

May 1, 2014

THS tennis teams ready for third round of state tourney

Staff Report
Times-Enterprise

THOMASVILLE —

A coin flip ultimately determined where Thomasville’s third round matches of the AA state tennis tournament would be played.

THS and Screven, both region champions, resolved the matter earlier this week and determined the latter would host Friday’s pair of matches, which feature both boys and girls teams.

“I really don’t have any luck picking coins,” THS boys and girls coach Phil Slaughter said. “I picked heads in the day time because that’s what they say.”

Slaughter’s squads will take on the same school for the second round in a row after both THS teams ousted Vidalia on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs, down No. 1 singles player Anna Walter, won all sets with the exception of No. 2 singles to secure the match win.

The boys followed with an identical showing in the finale.

“It was a good match,” Slaughter said. “It was fun to watch.”

Thomasville now turns to Friday’s pair of matches, which unexpectedly manifested into a road tilt over the course of the week.

“It’s kind of worrisome. You never know how tired you’ll be,” Slaughter said of the 220 mile trek. “But I know [winning] is something both teams really want. I expect both teams to play hard and focused.”

These programs have somewhat of a heated history against each other.

Thomasville ended the Screven girls’ 14-year streak of Final Four appearances in 2008, then again in 2012. Last year, Screven returned the favor by ending Thomasville’s season in the Elite 8 round.

“We have a good history,” Slaughter said. “We talk every year and help each other out. It’s a good rivalry; no bad blood.”