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Boys Tennis Runner Up, Girls Third at GHSA Class-A, Area-1 Private Tournament

MACON, Ga. – Both varsity FPD tennis teams are headed back to familiar territory.

On Wednesday afternoon at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center, the Lady Vikings and Vikings punched their ticket to the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament by finishing in the Top-4 of the GHSA Class-A Area-1 Private Tournament.

“It was a great day for our tennis program,” FPD head coach Derek Lashley said. “Both teams competed hard and I can’t be more proud of them than I am right now.”

The Lady Vikings (12-7, 5-3 Area-2) finished in third place on the day. FPD retired Calvary Day School 3-0 before falling to Brookstone in Area Semifinals. The Lady Vikings would win their consolation match against Savannah Christian to earn the no. 3 seed.

On the boys side, the Vikings (18-1, 6-1 Area-2) picked up a 3-0 win in the quarterfinal round over Calvary Day followed by a 3-0 victory over Stratford in the Area Semifinals to set up the Championship Match v. Brookstone.

FPD got two singles wins from Miller and Michael Durham, but lost both doubles matches with Halen Fulk/Marshall Danner and Josh Wilson/Malcolm Mancin.

With the title match tied at 2-2 it all game down to the no. 3 singles players on the day: FPD’s Christian Tinkey and Brookstone’s Charles Pease.

Tinkey won the first set and Pease came back to win the second set, forcing a winner-take-all third set.

Pease came out on top winning 6-3 in the final set and giving the Area Championship to Brookstone.

“Our guys and girls fought so hard,” Lashley said. “I’m just proud of all of them for their attitude, effort and work ethic. I know the boys wanted first, but we’ll take what we got today, get better and hopefully turn some heads in the GHSA State Tournament.”

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on match opponents and times for FPD Tennis in the GHSA Class-A State Tournament.

Check back for box scores from Wednesday’s action.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fpdathletics.

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