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South girls claim region title
Mustangs boys tennis team also headed to state
04.22 sehs tennis
The South Effingham girls tennis team shows off its Region 3-AAA championship trophy after a victory over Harlem at Patriots Park in Augusta. - photo by Photo submitted

The South Effingham girls tennis team downed Harlem 4-0 to claim the Region 3-AAA Wednesday at Patriots Park in Augusta.

Megan Dunbar beat Megan Perry 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and No. 3 singles seed Katie Tanner blanked Brenna Cook 6-0, 6-0. Jessie Kessler took the first set from Brandi Cook 6-0 at No. 2 singles, but that match wasn’t completed since the overall outcome had been decided.

In doubles, Cassie Hiatt and Allison Williford beat Brittni Dickens and Jessie Miller 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 and Ciara Knowles and Katherine Perrin blanked Erin Neal and Katie Crenshaw 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.

The Mustangs boys took fourth, beating Thomson 5-0 but falling 4-1 to Benedictine in the third-place match.

Against Thomson, top singles Geoff Beecher beat Bob Brunson 6-0, 6-1, Sean Juergens downed John Allen 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Sam Barber led Chris Bowick 6-3, 3-0 at No. 3 singles when their match was called.

The top doubles team of Austin Kuster and Nick Edel beat Michael Coke and Kevin Dent 6-0, 6-1 and Shane Jenkins and Max Barber took No. 2 doubles by forfeit.

Jenkins and Max Barber had the lone win against BC, defeating the Cadets’ Edward Larossa and Steven Carver 6-2, 6-1. Daniel Maggioni and Mathew Moore beat Kuster and Edel 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1.

BC’s William Drought beat Beecher 6-2, 6-3, Ross Kooden downed Juergens 6-0, 6-1 and Sam Barber fell to Andrew Jones 6-1, 6-3.

Both South Effingham teams advanced to the Class AAA state tournament.

South Effingham girls vs. Harlem

1. Megan Dunbar d. Megan Perry 6-0, 6-1
2. Jessie Kessler vs. Brandi Cook 6-0
3. Katie Tanner d. Brenna Cook 6-0, 6-0

1. Cassie Hiatt/Allison Williford d. Brittni Dickens/Jessie Miller 6-2, 6-0
2. Ciara Knowles/Katherine Perrin d. Erin Neal/Katie Crenshaw 6-0, 6-0
South Effingham boys vs. Thomson

1. Geoff Beecher d. Bob Brunson 6-0, 6-1
2. Sean Juergens d. John Allen 6-2, 6-1
3. Sam Barber d. Chris Bowick 6-3, 3-0

1. Austin Kuster/Nick Edel d. Michael Coke/Kevin Dent 6-0, 6-1
2. Shane Jenkins/Max Barber (won by forfeit)
South Effingham boys vs. Benedictine

1. William Drought d. Beecher 6-2, 6-3
2. Ross Kooden d. Juergens 6-0, 6-1
3. Andrew Jones d. Sam Barber 6-1, 6-3

1. Daniel Maggioni/Mathew Moore d. Kuster/Edel 6-3, 6-1
2. Jenkins/Max Barber d. Edward Larossa/Steven Carver 6-2, 6-1