OCILLA -- The good news for the Irwin County Lady Indians tennis team is they will get to play in the state Class AA semifinals tomorrow at the Stone Mountain Tennis Center. The bad news is that they will have to contend with the Walker School Lady Wolverines.
Walker is a private school in Marietta that won the state title last season.
"I have heard those private schools are pretty tough. Those private schools play year-round tennis and it shows," said Irwin coach David Pridgen.
"Our kids are mostly seasonal players. I want to try to build it up so we can play more year-round, but until then I think we have improved as much as we possibly could have this season."
Amy Paulk will go at No. 1 singles for Irwin, while Kayla Carver will play at No. 2. Laura Snyder, who will attend Georgia Southwestern next season to play tennis, is at No. 3.
Leigh Luke and Emily Williams are at No. 1 doubles, while Kayla Hickey and Rachel Pridgen go at No. 2.
The three singles players, as well as Luke, are all seniors.
"This is their last chance. I just hope they can enjoy it," Pridgen said of his 12th graders.
Even though his team will be heavy underdogs, Pridgen said, "We are going to give it a pretty good shot. I don't think we will be pushovers for them."
He added, "we have reached our goal for the season and I am satisfied with that. I want our girls to enjoy the moment and that's we are going to try to do."
Irwin is leaving this afternoon for Atlanta. The semifinal matches are set for 9 a.m. Blessed Unity is facing Jeff Davis in the other Class AA Final Four matchup.
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