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Boys Tennis Falls in GHSA Class-A Final Four at Athens Academy 3-2

ATHENS, Ga. – In what will go down as a memorable season in varsity boys tennis, the Vikings fell just short in their quest for a State Title Match berth on Monday afternoon, falling to the Athens Academy Spartans 3-2 in the GHSA Class-A Private Final Four.

FPD finishes the season at 20-2, with both losses coming in post-season play (one in the Area Tournament and the latter the State Tournament). Athens Academy moves on to the State Championship match and will take on The Paideia School, who defeated The Brookstone School 3-1.

“We knew it would be a battle and it went to tiebreaker at no. 3 singles,” FPD head coach Derek Lashley said. “To say I’m proud of our guys is a major understatement. To make it as far as they did against some of the top competition in the state is nothing to be ashamed about. Of course we would have liked to advance, but it still doesn’t change the heart and character of our team and program.”

Michael Durham picked up a victory at no. 1 singles for FPD, defeating Boyette 6-0, 6-2. His twin brother, Miller, also tacked on a no. 2 singles win for the Vikings over Bauer 6-3, 6-3.

In the doubles action, the Spartans picked up two wins to even the match at 2-2.

FPD’s no. 1 doubles team of Halen Fulk/Marshall Danner fell to Senorita/Clements 6-4, 6-3 and no. 2 doubles Josh Wilson/Malcolm Mancin dropped to Abernathy/Gabriel 6-2, 6-2.

The match would come down to no. 3 singles of FPD’s Christian Tinkey and Athens Academy’s Reynolds.

In a back-and-forth battle, the match went to an extra point in both sets, but Reynolds won both at 7-5, 7-5 to clinch the win for the Spartans.

“We competed hard all day,” Lashley said. “To take a well-known program like Athens Academy to the brink was not only fun to watch but it was good for our team because we know what it takes to push through and win.”

FPD will graduate four seniors in Michael Durham, Miller Durham, Josh Wilson and Eliel Ramirez.

“Our four seniors helped carry the great tradition our program has,” Lahley said. “I was honored to have coached them and be a part of their lives.”

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2016 for their hard work and dedication to varsity tennis program throughout the years. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your life!

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the varsity tennis program in the off-season.

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.

BOX SCORE:

ATHENS ACADEMY 3, FPD 2

1S – Michael Durham (FPD) def. Boyette (AA) 6-0, 6-2.
2S – Miller Durham (FPD) def. Bauer (AA) 6-3, 6-3.
3S – Reynolds (AA) def. Christian Tinkey (FPD) 7-5, 7-5.
1D – Senorita/Clements (AA) def. Halen Fulk/Marshall Danner 6-4, 6-3.
2D – Abernathy/Gabriel (AA) def. Josh Wilson/Eliel Ramirez 6-2, 6-2.

Record: FPD 20-2.

Next: End of season for FPD.