Three DeKalb Teams Advance to Join Lakeside Teams in State Tennis Sweet 16

Dunwoody's Sophia Chiverton rallied from a set down to win her No. 1 singles match against Denmark's Masha Karch to propel her team into the Class 7A Sweet 16  round of the state tennis playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Dunwoody’s Sophia Chiverton rallied from a set down to win her No. 1 singles match against Denmark’s Masha Karch to propel her team into the Class 7A Sweet 16 round of the state tennis playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Four DeKalb teams are now in the State Tennis Tournament Sweet 16 as both Chamblee teams and the Dunwoody girls picked up victories on Monday to punch their ticket to the second round.

The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats (13-6) needed a third set, come-from-behind win by No. 1 singles player Sophia Chiverton to win a 3-2 thriller over Denmark at the Vermack Swim and Tennis Center.

The two teams had split in the other lines while Chiverton rallied against Masha Karch after dropping the opening set 2-6. Chiverton evened the match at one set apiece with a 6-2 victory in the second set to force the third and deciding set.

Chiverton jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third set only to have Karch rally with three consecutive game wins including a break of Chiverton to close the set within 4-3. Karch saved a game-point at ad-out in the eighth game to knot the match at 4-4.

Chiverton won her serve to move within one game of clinching the match for herself and the team. A shot went long for Karch to put Chiverton up at match point.

The match point was clinched as Chiverton sent a backhand winner down the right line to seal the match with a 6-4 victory and propelling the Lady Wildcats into the Class 7A Sweet 16. Dunwoody will face the Peachtree Ridge/Alpharetta winner in the second round.

The Wildcats (11-3) were not as fortunate as Denmark won the final two matches on the court to take a 3-2 win to end Dunwoody’s season.

Wins by the No. 2 doubles (Jake Callahan/Sam Targovnik, 6-3,6-4) and at No. 2 singles (Mark Romano, 6-2, 7-6) coupled with Denmark’s three-set win at No. 1 doubles in three sets 1-6, 0-6, 4-6 as Preston Files/Sam Woodrow’s rally fell short to Patrick Chichester/Shehil Chilkommari.

Dunwoody's Mark Romano won  a 6-2, 7-6 battle at No. 2 singles over Denmark's Noah Cohen for a 2-1 Dunwoody lead before the Wildcats fell 3-2 in the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Dunwoody’s Mark Romano won a 6-2, 7-6 battle at No. 2 singles over Denmark’s Noah Cohen for a 2-1 Dunwoody lead before the Wildcats fell 3-2 in the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Denmark’s Connor Hazard held off the comeback attempt by Dunwoody’s Quinn Wicklund by winning a 7-5 tiebreaker in a 7-6 second set win after taking the first set of the match. It evened the match at 2-2.

Pratham Shah rolled to a two-set win over Dunwoody’s Anthony Nelson to clinch the victory for Denmark.

Chamblee advanced both the Lady Bulldogs (15-3) and Bulldogs (13-4) to the Class 5A Sweet 16 with convincing victories over their respective opponents.

The Lady Bulldogs swept Johnson-Gainesville 3-0. Senior Neena Katauskas won No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0, Isabelle Cousey won No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0 and the No. 1 doubles team of Sophia Cheng and Allison Lvotich also had a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

The Bulldogs opened the state playoffs with a 4-1 win over Jackson County. Senior Andrew Pietkiewiez won No. 1 singles and Bryce Starks won No. 3 singles. Chamblee also won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

In Class 6A first round girls’ action, the Tucker Lady Tigers fell 3-0 on the road to Valdosta to close out their season.

The Tucker Tigers travel to Houston County on Tuesday for a 4:00 pm match in the first round of the Class 6A boys state playoffs.

DCSD TENNIS STATE PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND
Thursday, April 15
Class 6A Boys
Lakeside 3, Lee Co. 0

Class 6A Girls
Lakeside 3, Houston Co. 0

Friday, April 16
Class 4A Boys
Cedartown 3, Druid Hills 2

Class 4A Girls
Cedartown 5, Druid Hills 0

Monday, April 19
Class 7A Boys
Denmark 3, Dunwoody (11-3) 2

Class 7A Girls
Dunwoody (13-6) 3, Denmark 2

Class 6A Girls
Valdosta 3, Tucker 0

Class 5A Boys
Chamblee (13-4) 4, Jackson Co. 1

Class 5A Girls
Chamblee (15-3) 3, Johnson-Gainesville 0

Tuesday, April 20
Class 6A Boys
Tucker at Houston Co., 4:00 pm

SECOND ROUND Class 7A Girls
TBA
Dunwoody (13-6) hosts Peachtree Ridge/Alpharetta winner, TBA

Class 6A Boys
Lakeside (8-2) vs. Statesboro/Rockdale Co. winner, TBA

Class 6A Girls
Lakeside (6-4) at Statesboro, TBA

Class 5A Boys
Chamblee (13-4) vs. Hiram/Grady winner, TBA

Class 5A Girls
Villa Rica/Cartersville winner at Chamblee (15-3), TBA


Source: DCSD Athletics

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