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Boys Tennis Upsets Atlanta International 3-0 to Advance to GHSA Final Four

ATLANTA – It only took three matches to decide, but the FPD Vikings (20-1) are still alive and well.

The Vikings, the no. 2 seed from Area-1, used three singles wins on Thursday, April 27 to defeat Atlanta International, the no. 1 seed from Area-3, 3-0 on the road to advance to the GHSA Class-A Private Final Four for the second time in four years and since joining the league.

“I’m just so proud of our guys,” Lashley said. “They came out and got off to a little slow start, but something clicked just under halfway through our matches and they all took care of business. It was certainly fun to watch.”

Michael Durham, who signed with Auburn University a couple of weeks ago, played at no. 1-singles for the Vikings and defeated W. Grattan-Smith 6-2, 6-2.

Michael’s twin brother, Miller, who is headed to Kennesaw State in the fall, played at no. 2 singles and also claimed a victory, winning 6-1, 6-2 over V. Stelea.

FPD’s no. 3 singles in Christian Tinkey swept L. Heery 6-0, 6-0 to give the Vikings the win.

“We know we still have some work to do,” Lashley said. “I know that some of our guys were going to the tennis courts when we got back tonight to practice more. Their work ethic is just amazing.”

The Vikings advance to the Final Four for the first time in since 2013, when FPD defeated Pace Academy before falling in the Championship Match.

The 2016 edition will feature FPD at Athens Academy, the no. 1 seed from Area-2, on Monday, May 2 at a time to be determined.

“They are a really good team and have some top ranked players,” Lashley said. “We definitely need to get back to work and get physically and mentally prepared for that match (on Monday).”

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the varsity boys tennis team in the GHSA Class-A Private Final Four.

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.

 

BRACKET

Updated GHSA Class-A Private Boys Tennis Bracket

BOX SCORE:

FPD 3, ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL 0

1S Michael Durham (FPD) def. W. Grattan-Smith (AI) 6-2, 6-2.
2S Miller Durham (FPD) def. V. Stelea (AI) 6-1, 6-2.
3S Christian Tinkey (FPD) def. L. Heery (AI) 6-0, 6-0.

Record: FPD 20-1.

Next: FPD at Athens Academy, Time TBD, Monday (GHSA Final Four)