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Saturday April 20th, 2019 5:01AM

Tennis: State playoffs get under way for area teams

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

Roughly two dozen northeast Georgia area tennis teams will begin their quest for a state title this week when the first round of the state playoffs begin.

The first round is to be finished by Thursday at the site of the higher-seeded team in all classifications.

Two boys teams -- Buford from Region 8-5A and Jefferson from Region 8-3A -- come in as region champions. For the girls, Buford, Jefferson, and Banks County from Region 8-2A also go into the first round as region champions.

The Flowery Branch boys are coming off a state title (Class 5A) season but after dropping down to Class 4A and the brutal Region 7-4A, the Falcons managed just a No. 4 seed. The Flowery Branch girls advanced to the semifinals in 2018 and carry the No. 3 from Region 7-4A this time around. Both teams open the playoffs on the road at Gilmer on Tuesday.

Both Buford teams will be at home on Wednesday with the boys, who were the state runners-up in 2018, taking on Clarkston at 3:30 p.m. and the Lady Wolves, a semifinalist in 2018, playing Miller Grove at 4:30 p.m. at the Buford courts.

The Jefferson boys advanced to the Class 4A semifinals in 2018, losing a tight 3-2 match to state runner-up Blessed Trinity, and will open against Stone Mountain in Class 3A this season. 

The Banks County boys advanced to the quarterfinals in Class 2A in 2018 and take a No. 2 seed against Lamar County in the first round.

(Check below for the entire first round schedule. The GHSA has yet to reveal the Class A Public and Private brackets. AccessWDUN will update this story once we get that information.)

GHSA 1st round tennis playoffs

Class 6A
Gainesville girls at South Paulding
Habersham Central boys at Alexander
South Paulding at Gainesville boys

Class 5A
Clarkston at Buford boys
Johnson boys at Chamblee
Johnson girls at Clarkston
Miller Grove at Buford girls

Class 4A
Flowery Branch boys at Gilmer
Flowery Branch girls at Gilmer

Class 3A
Cherokee Bluff boys at Murray County
Dawson County boys at Calhoun
Dawson County girls at Calhoun
Lumpkin County girls at Murray County
Ringgold at North Hall girls
Sonoraville at North Hall boys
Stone Mountain at Jefferson boys
Stone Mountain at Jefferson girls
Westminster at Jackson County boys

Class 2A
Heard County at Bank County girls
Lamar County at Bank County boys
Rabun County boys at Callaway
Rabun County girls at Temple

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