Viking Tennis Heads To Final Four


The Viking Tennis Team defeated the #1 Seed Walker School 3-2 on Tuesday in Marietta to advance to the GHSA Tennis Final Four for the third time in Coach Lashley’s tenure and first since 2016.

They’ll enter tomorrow’s match against Paideia with an overall record of 20-2. The Vikings have plenty of motivation as this is the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season in the opening round of the GHSA Tennis Playoffs 3-0.  The difference this year for the Vikings is their strength individually and their experience compared to last year. “We are definitely a much stronger team this year,” said Sophomore Camden Lashley.  “We have used our experience from last year and turned it into confidence this year which has helped us get to the final four.”

“Marshall Danner has been one of our big leaders this season,” said Freshman Christian Thomas. “He makes sure we are doing what we need to do to be successful in everything. He gets us ready by giving us advice on how to set someone up and defeat them and provides us with energy and passion.”

Head Coach Derek Lashley made sure his team was prepared for this moment when he planned out the 2018 season. “I knew we would be pretty good so I scheduled us opponents that either made it to the State Final Four or even won their Class Championship because I wanted to see just how good we were and more importantly , how could we handle adversity.  When looking back at this tough schedule these guys finished 10-2 against those teams and I believe that’s why we are where we are now with an opportunity to advance to the championship.”

The Vikings will get that opportunity tomorrow at the Dekalb Tennis Center at 4:00pm and the guys are ready. ” Coach has done a great job at preparing us all season and keeping us focused on executing our plan,” said Junior Halen Fulk.  “We are excited to get back out on the court and get revenge from last season. We are confident and we believe.”

Lashley echoed the same, “They put us out of the tournament last season and I thought we could’ve played better. We are ready and we need Viking Nation sending us good vibes Friday afternoon at 4:00.”

If the Vikings advance tomorrow they’ll take on the winner of Stratford/Athens Academy in the GHSA Private State Championship.