Tennis blog: Familiar faces dominate the state tennis championships

The Pace Academy boys and girls won championships at the 2022 GHSA tennis tournament

Credit: Stan Awtrey

Credit: Stan Awtrey

The Pace Academy boys and girls won championships at the 2022 GHSA tennis tournament

The tennis rich got richer at the GHSA state championships over the weekend in Rome.

Six schools swept their way to championships in the boys and girls divisions, meaning only two classifications had different schools win titles.

The two-time winners were Walton in Class 7A, Northview in Class 5A, Marist in Class 4A, Westminster in Class 3A, Pace Academy in Class 2A and Wesleyan in Class A Private.

In Class 6A, Johns Creek won the boys championship and North Atlanta won the girls championship. In Class A Public, Lake Oconee Academy won the boys title and Telfair County took the girls title.

There were many similarities along the way.

The Walton boys and girls both defeated Alpharetta. The girls won 3-0 and the boys overcame a tough start for a 3-1 victory to gain some revenge over the team that ousted them a year ago.

“It’s awesome of pull a double,” Walton coach John Evans said, referring to an early title won by the girls. “And to be on the same page with the girls is fun.”

Pace Academy swept its way past rival Lovett. The Pace girls won 3-0, but the boys went the distance for a 3-2 victory, avenging last year’s state final loss to the Lions with the No. 3 singles nailing down the final match.

“Great win,” Pace coach Matthew Marsico said. “We had lost No. 3 singles with it was tied two-all last year. To win this one in the same spot was nice.”

Eight teams successfully defended their titles: the Johns Creek boys, Marist boys and girls, Westminster boys and girls, Walton girls, Pace Academy girls and Telfair County girls. Johns County won its fourth straight. The Pace Academy girls, Marist girls and Telfair County girls won their third consecutive championship.