TIFTON -- The Tift County High Lady Devils and Blue Devils will attempt to qualify for state tennis competition today when the teams take part in the Region 1-AAAAA tournaments at ABAC's Red Hill Tennis Center.
Beginning around 9:30 a.m. the day-long event will determine the league's four teams that will go on to the state tournament.
On the boys side, one of those teams is already determined as the Lowndes High Vikings went through the regular season schedule undefeated. That means the Vikings will be exempt from the tournament and will go to state as the league champs.
Seeding will be done this morning, but Tift County coach Jim Clayton feels like his Devils will also be guaranteed a spot in the state tournament. The coach thinks the Devils will be seeded high enough that they will be one of the final four teams without playing a match.
"There are a lot of different scenarios, but I think the guys are in. I won't know until the seeding meeting though," said Clayton.
On the girls side, Clayton feels like, "we will have to win at least one match."
Even while he is unsure about the situations for his team, the Tift coach sounded confident about his team's chances to advance to the state tournament.
"I think we have got a good chance to make the next round. How far we go just depends on how we play," Clayton said.
The Devils' lineup for the day will have at singles, Jacob Sauls at No. 1, John Bowen at No. 2 and David McAllister at No. 3. At No. 1 doubles will be the team of Russ Vann and Tyler Sandifer, while No. 2 doubles will have Caleb Tillman and David Metzger.
Sarah Dutcher will go at No. 1 singles for the Lady Devils. She will be joined by Stacey Perlis at No. 2 and Leah Lamb at No. 3. Rachel Lawler and Anna Cohen will play at No. 1 doubles, while at No. 2 will be the team of Amanda Lawler and Rachel Samples.
If one of the Tift teams finishes in the top four, it would face a school from Region 3-AAAAA in the first round of the state. That region features schools from the Savannah area, as well as Brunswick.
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