Collins Hill boys, Peachtree Ridge girls rule region tennis

DACULA -- The Collins Hill boys tennis team completed a year-long mission on Friday.

Motivated by a region finals loss in 2011, the Eagles completed a dominant regular season with a 3-0 victory over host Mill Creek in the Region 7-AAAAA championship match at Hamilton Mill.

"(Losing in last year's final) was one of those things that really upset our guys," Collins Hill boys coach Wade Dykes said. "We felt like we had a really good chance to win it last year, so they were determined to come back this year and win it."

The Peachtree Ridge girls also were motivated, but not by bad memories. The Lions won their third straight 7-AAAAA tourney championship Friday with an 3-0 victory over Mill Creek.

Like Collins Hill's boys, the Peachtree Ridge girls rolled through the regular season and tourney undefeated in region play.

"It was a great season," Peachtree Ridge girls coach Chrissie Bolt said. "We knew this year winning region was more important than ever because it put us in a better bracket at state so we wouldn't have to face Walton or Roswell in the quarterfinals like before. The girls stepped up throughout the tournament and accomplished that goal."

Collins Hill clinched its boys championship first on Friday, with quick victories in the top two singles spots and at No. 2 doubles. Chris Clark won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 and Tyler Kallgren won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.

The two seniors upped their career singles victory totals to 57 for Kallgren and 55 for Clark, which puts them at No. 1 and No. 2 in school history. Both are having impressive seasons as Clark is 19-1 (with 19 straight wins) and Kallgren is 18-2.

"Those two guys have been great for us," Dykes said of Clark and Kallgren. "It's great having them to play each other in practice. They've really made each other better."

The Eagles' third point came when the No. 1 doubles team of Alec Rahmanian, one of the team's three seniors along with Clark and Kallgren, paired up with Peyton Rushing for a 6-2, 6-1 win. Rahmanian, despite shoulder problems, is 11-3 in doubles this season and Rushing is 13-3.

The other two Collins Hill matches didn't finish in time, but those players also have been strong this season. Freshman Ian Melnik is 12-3 at No. 3 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Jake Inderrieden and Marcus Maloney is a perfect 16-0 for Class AAAAA's fifth-ranked team, which hosts Archer in the first round of state.

"Our guys have worked so hard," Dykes said. "I'm proud of how hard they've worked."

Peachtree Ridge (16-2) also had no problems in the girls final. Jessica Northcutt won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Abby Owens followed with a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot.

The Lions, who face Berkmar in the state tourney opener, sealed the win when the No. 1 doubles squad of Ali Mills and Erin Mills won 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

The other two matches, Jena Kelly at No. 3 and Rachel Anderson and Mary Frances Greenwood at No. 2 doubles, didn't finish. The No. 2 doubles team was up a set and No. 3 singles had just started.