LaGrange tennis team bows out in elite eight

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 27, 2016

By Kevin Eckleberry


DUNWOODY – An exceptional season came to a close for the LaGrange High boys’ tennis team in the third round of the state tournament on Tuesday.

One day after beating Gainesville in a second-round matchup, LaGrange was back on the court to face a powerful Dunwoody team.

Dunwoody, which won the top division at the Granger Invitational earlier this season, beat LaGrange 3-1 to reach the Class AAAAA final four.

After Dunwoody got the three wins it needed to advance, the final match was pulled off the court, with LaGrange’s Tony Choi playing Matthew Moussouri at number three singles.

It was a special season for the Grangers, who beat the Columbus Blue Devils to win the Region 1-AAAAA championship before getting past Northgate and Gainesville in the state tournament.

LaGrange met its match in Dunwoody, which won two singles matches and one doubles match to secure the victory.

LaGrange’s lone win came at number one doubles, with the senior duo of Connor Mahan and Jas Singh getting the victory.

LaGrange will be well-positioned to enjoy another strong season in 2017 with most of the players returning, although Mahan and Singh will be missed.

Five of the seven players who were on the court on Tuesday will return next season, including all three singles players.

Here are the results of Tuesday’s matches.

Dunwoody 3, LaGrange 1

No. 1 singles – Cole Brainard (D) beat Blade Kendall, 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles – Brandon Gates (D) beat Pierce Skinner, 6-4, 6-2

No. 3 singles – Matthew Moussouri (D) leading Tony Choi 5-2 in first set when match was pulled

No. 1 doubles – Connor Mahan and Jas Singh (L) beat J.T. Melton and Daniel Bynum, 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 doubles – Cade Ladenbacher and Adam Drucker (D) beat Gavin Battle and Jackson Kuerzi, 6-2, 6-2

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