Richmond Academy romps to state tennis semifinals

Opposing teams and doctor’s appointments have not slowed the Rich­­mond Academy girls tennis team.

Because of that, the Lady Mus­keteers are marching on after beating Mary Persons 4-1 on Monday at Newman Tennis Center to advance to the GHSA Class AAA state semifinals.

With only seven team members, Richmond Academy has had to forfeit a team point each time a player is unable to make it to a match. The Lady Musketeers played short-handed in the region tournament and the second round
of the state tournament and still won.

On Monday, the Lady Musketeers romped to their first state semifinal appearance. They next head to Clayton County International
Park for Saturday’s semifinal and possible championship final action.

“It’s exciting,” coach Kim White said. “With such a young team, it’s been awesome.”

As usual, Richmond Academy swept all three singles matches; singles players Kayla Price, Hollis Sherman and Jayla Scott have yet to lose a match this season.

Scott, a senior at No. 3 singles, cruised 6-0, 6-0, and Sherman at No. 2 singles followed with a 6-2, 6-0 victory, closing with an ace.

Scott said seeing her teammates dominating motivates her to do the same. Sherman agreed.

“I love seeing the scores, seeing 5-0, because we’re awesome,” Sherman said with a huge grin.

Though No. 2 doubles lost, with Kayla Price at No. 1 singles and the first doubles team of Anna Brown and Caroline Haynes both getting 6-1 wins in first sets, Richmond Academy didn’t have to wait long for the clinching win.

Price proved to be the one to get it, climbing out of an early 2-1 hole in the second set. She got an early break point to swing control and win 6-2.

The all-around player perfectly hit one shot over her charging foe before she froze her on match point.

“It’s a lot of pressure,” the freshman said about knowing she can finish off her team’s win. “But I know if I fight and stay determined, I can win.”

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