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Tennis to Take on Athens Academy in GHSA Class-A Private Final Four on May 2

ATHENS, Ga. – The FPD varsity boys tennis team (20-1) will travel to Athens Academy on Monday, May 2 for the GHSA Class-A Private Semifinal round.

“We are excited about still competing in the tournament,” FPD head coach Derek Lashley said. “To make it this far is a true accomplishment for our guys and we know that the task will be tough going on the road against Athens Academy.”

Indeed it will be a challenge for the Vikings.

Athens Academy is a juggernaut in the GHSA Class-A tennis world in the northeast part of the state.

The Spartans have claimed 30 straight Area/Region Titles. And dating back to 1995, the Spartans have won 11 State Titles as well in Class-A.

Since moving to the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings, on the other hand, have made the Final Four twice and advanced to the State Title match once.

“They are a good team. We know what they bring to the court each time out.”

But so do the Vikings, with a solid one-two punch at no. 1 and no. 2 singles with Durham twins – Michael and Miller – who have already signed scholarships with Auburn University and Kennesaw State, respectively.

FPD also boasts a scrappy no. 3 singles in Christian Tinkey, who won handily in FPD’s match against Atlanta International in the Elite Eight 6-0, 6-0.

The Vikings’ doubles teams of Halen Fulk/Marshall Danner and Josh Wilson/Malcolm Mancin could also prove pivotal in who advances to the State Championship Match on Saturday.

No matter what happens, Lashley is just glad his team is in this spot.

“We like playing as the underdog and we will have to play some of our best tennis like we did against Atlanta International last week,” Lashley said. “If we do that, we’ll make it close but nonetheless, I’m so proud of our guys.”

First serve at Athens Academy is set for 2 p.m. on Monday.

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For the GHSA Class-A Private State Tennis Tournament bracket, CLICK HERE.

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