Atlanta International boys take down mighty Stratford

The victory raises the profile of Atlanta International, which is aiming for its first state championship.

“We love it,” said Webb, in his second season as head coach. “Our guys are ready. We will respond.

How the other defending champions fared:

Class 7A: Boys – North Gwinnett opened by beating Denmark 3-0 and will face Campbell, winner 3-1 against Grayson. Girls – Walton shut out Tift County 3-0 and will face Roswell, a 3-0 winner over Duluth.

Class 6A: Boys – Johns Creek beat Carrollton 5-0 in the first round and will face Valdosta, a 5-0 winner against Rockdale County. Girls – Cambridge opened their title defense by shutting out Dalton 3-0 and will meet Houston County, who won 3-0 Grovetown.

Class 5A: Boys – Woodward Academy shuts out Wayne County 3-0 in the first round and will face Chamblee, winner 4-0 over Calhoun. Girls – McIntosh defeated Eagle’s Landing 4-1 in Game 1 and takes on Loganville, a 3-0 winner over North Springs.

Class 4A: Boys – Marist beat Flowery Branch 4-0 in the first round and will face Troup, the 3-2 winner of Spalding. Girls – Marist held off Jefferson 4-0 in the first round, then beat Perry 4-0 in the second round. The War Eagles await the winner of the Heritage-Islands match.

Class 3A: Boys – Westminster has already moved to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats beat Lumpkin County 5-0 in the first round and rebounded Appling County 3-0 in the second round. Girls – Westminster beat Dawson County 3-0 in the first round and will face Pierce County, winners 4-0 against Savannah Arts.

Class 2A: Boys – Lovett beat Rabun County 4-1 in the first round and will face Davidson Arts, 5-0 winners of Vidalia. Girls – Pace Academy, who had a first-round bye, will face Vidalia, a 4-1 winner over Tech Magnet in the first round.

Class A audience: Boys – Seminole County beat Claxton 3-0 in Game 1 and advance to face Georgia Military, a 3-1 winner over Furlow Charter. Girls – Telfair County beat Clinch County 3-0 in the first round and advance to face Armuchee, a 3-0 win over Washington-Wilkes.

Class A Private: Girls – The Presbyterian premier shut out Thomas Aquinas 3-0 in the first round and advance to meet Mount Vernon, a 3-2 winner over Mount Paran.

No. 3 singles hero sparkles at Lakeside

The #3 singles player is often overlooked in high school tennis, but they’re often the ones who determine the game. That’s what happened this week when Lakeside’s Andy Moehlich came out in force to help the Vikings knock out Wheeler and advance to Class 6A Elite Eight.

Lakeside swept both doubles matches, but Wheeler won both singles matches. That left Moehlich, who beat Swarat Kulkarni 6-3, 6-1 and won the game for Lakeside.

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