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Newton High tennis sweeps Redan in region play
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STONE MOUNTAIN - On Tuesday afternoon, the Newton High boys and girls varsity tennis teams made the trek to Redan High School to do battle with their Region 2-AAAAA rival.

And to their liking, it was not a wasted trip.

Along with their rackets strong in hand, the Newton squads would also have their brooms ready for spring cleaning as both teams swept the Raiders right off the court by winning both matches, 5-0.

"I was proud of the way the guys stepped up," said Newton boys head coach Andrew Clink. "We lost our regular number two singles player Mark DeAlva who twisted his angle in practice the day before and was unable to play."

Filling in the gaps wherever needed, the boys had no problem with Redan whatsoever.

Winning all three singles matches decisively were Tyler Gose, 8-0, over Dustin Reese at number one singles, Bryant Miller, 8-1, over Matthew Shiers at number two singles and Donnavan White, 8-2, over Robert Robinson at number three singles.

Following the lead of their top singles players were Ayite Baxter and Adam Page, who won, 8-3, over Trevor Brown and Corey Smith at number one singles.

Unable to compete while having to forfeit number two doubles, the Rams picked up an easy win.

In girls action, the Lady Rams were not to be outdone by their counterpart, picking up where the boys left off.

Handing the Lady Raiders a 5-0 loss, the Newton squad gathered a quick practice and a little more experience before taking on Stephens County on Thursday.

"We played great, and it was the girls' experience that won the meet for the team today," said Newton girls head coach Jackie Mattison after the much needed sweep.

At number one singles, Newton's Kierstie Moon won in what would be the closest match of the day, 8-6. Erin Lewis-Faupel followed with an 8-4 victory.

Rounding out the singles play was Christine Augusta, winning 8-2.

In doubles action, the Newton squads made quick work of the Lady Raiders.

Number one doubles team Stephanie Cronan and Holly Springer won, 8-1.

Previously, number two doubles of Courtney Reagan and Rhianon Long won, 8-0, to deliver the knockout punch.

Both Newton tennis squads will next visit Salem beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday.