Girls Tennis Knocks Off Paideia in First Round of State

MACON, Ga. – Head coach Derek Lashley was a little concerned about the youth of his tennis teams coming into this year.

The boys and girls teams each have just one senior on the squad.

But FPD used its youth to its advantage on Monday afternoon, April 28, as the Lady Vikings defeated Paideia 4-1 in the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament at the FPD Tennis Complex.

“We have a young team,” Lashley said. “But that can be a good thing. We have a solid foundation and these girls can really play.”

Freshman Yuka Yokoyama won her singles match 6-0, 6-0 and junior Mary Madison Foshee took her match 6-3, 6-1 to give FPD a 2-1 advantage going into doubles.

The Lady Vikings closed the door on Paideia with Maggie Moody/Summer Sanders winning 7-6/4-5 and Sydney Reese/Ruth Samiel notching a 6-0, 6-0 win.

“It’s exciting to see these girls play with the passion they have all year,” Lashley said. “They will continue to get better the more matches and competitive situations they get in.”

FPD advances to the quarterfinal round of the State Tournament and will play either Providence or Walker by May 3. Details will be released in the coming days on

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1- Brianna Fleming lost 2-6, 3-6
2- Yuka Yokoyama won 6-0, 6-0
3- Mary Madison Foshee won 6-3, 6-1

1d- Maggie Moody/Summer Sanders won 7-6, 4-5 (ret)
2d- Sydney Reese/Ruth Samuel won 6-0, 6-0

FPD advances to State Quarterfinal round.