Model boys move on to AA Elite Eight

The Blue Devils de­feat Ber­rien 4-1 to con­tinue their post­sea­son suc­cess.

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS - By Jeremy Ste­wart Sports Ed­i­tor JSte­wart@RN-T.com

The Model boys’ tennis team is march­ing on in the Class AA state playoffs fol­low­ing a busi­ness-like ap­proach to de­feat­ing Ber­rien on Thurs­day in the Sweet 16.

Af­ter get­ting over some early jit­ters, the Blue Devils took a 4-1 mark against the vis­it­ing Rebels at the Rome Tennis Cen­ter at Berry Col­lege.

The vic­tory puts Model in the Elite Eight for the first time in at least a decade.

John Weaver and Stephen Boy­lan got the first win for Model in No. 1 dou­bles, 6-1, 6-0. No. 1 sin­gles

player Kyle Hale fol­lowed close be­hind by cap­ping off a 6-3, 6-1 win over Joseph Jor­dan.

The match that put the Blue Devils over the best-of-five limit came at No. 2 dou­bles as Sam Bryant and David Moun­tain kept calm and won 6-3, 6-2.

Model coach Josh Goss said his dou­bles teams played the best he had seen all sea­son, and the over­all win gave him a good feel­ing go­ing for­ward.

“We were re­ally ner­vous to start and had a lot of un­forced er­rors,” Goss said. “Once the kids got into a rhythm they hit the ball well.”

Parker Stone bat­tled hard at No. 2 sin­gles to pull out a 7-5, 6-0 win against Isaac Lanier to give the Blue Devils four of the five matches.

The last match on the court was No. 3 sin­gles, where Model’s Chase Geier played Wy­att Brady to a third set. Down 4-1, Geier won back-to-back games to make it 4-3 be­fore Brady took the next two to win.

Jeremy Ste­wart / Rome News-Tribune

Model’s Kyle Hale fol­lows the ball be­fore hit­ting a re­turn dur­ing his No. 1 sin­gles match in the sec­ond round of the Class AA state playoffs Thurs­day at the Rome Tennis Cen­ter at Berry Col­lege.

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