Posted: 9:41 am Friday, May 9th, 2014
By Stan Awtrey
There’s a different set of players, but the results are the same for the Blessed Trinity girls tennis team, which plays for its sixth consecutive state championship on Saturday.
The Titans will play St. Pius for the Class AAA championship on Saturday at the Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro, where state titles in all classifications will be determined.
There are six other teams back to defend their titles from 2013: the Brookwood boys and Walton girls in Class AAAAAA, the Marist girls in Class AAAA, the Westminster boys and girls in Class AA, and the Marion County boys in Class A Public.
Blessed Trinity has won six of the last seven championships and seven of the last 10. This year’s team is 18-3, despite losing six seniors from last year’s team. Four members of that team is playing tennis in college and Kourtney Keegan is playing at Florida.
“It’s been very much a team thing,” Blessed Trinity coach Alan Keel said. “The girls have done it all. I just try to find the perfect lineup and make sure we have the right chemistry in doubles.”
The Titans feature Nicole Haigwood at No. 1 singles and Julia Tasanasanta at No. 2 singles. The top doubles team has been Jessica Hyland and Megan Foye. All of those players are underclassmen, even though there are four seniors on the team who contribute.
Blessed Trinity’s three losses this year have come against Kennesaw Mountain, which reached the Class AAAAAA semifinals, Class AA finalist Westminster and St. Pius. The Titans defeated St. Pius in the regular season, but the Golden Lions got revenge in the region final; the score was 3-2 in both matches.