Lady Bulldogs Defeat Bainbridge 3-0 to Reach Class 5A Final Four

Chamblee senior doubles player Olena Bilukha serves during 2018 playoff action. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Chamblee senior doubles player Olena Bilukha serves during 2018 playoff action. (Photo by Mark Brock)

The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs swept by Bainbridge 3-0 in three straight-set matches to reach the Class 5A girls’ state tennis Final Four on Tuesday at Chamblee High.

Sophomore Madison Trinh (8-1) bounced back from her first No. 1 singles loss of the season against Carrollton to win 6-1, 6-2 to get thing going for the Lady Bulldogs who improved to 20-0 on the season.

Junior Grace Pietkiewicz (13-1) matched Trinh with a quick 6-1, 6-0 victory of her own to give Chamblee a 2-0 advantage.

Senior Olena Bilukha and sophomore Madeline Meer improved to 9-0 on the season as a duo with a straight set 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles to clinch the 3-0 victory for Chamblee.

Chamblee had beat Bainbridge 3-0 in the Sweet 16 round a year ago. The Lady Bulldogs move into the Final Four for the second consecutive season and will host the Buford Lady Wolvers (15-6) who defeated South Effingham 3-1 to advance to the Final Four.

The Bulldogs did not far as well as a fine 15-5 season ended in the Elite Eight with a hard fought 4-1 loss to McIntosh who eliminated the Bulldogs 4-1 in the Sweet 16 a year ago.

Jake Busch and Eshaan Agrawal were the lone winners for Chamblee as they took the No. 2 doubles match 6-3, 6-2.

Sam Lehmann battled back from a 5-7 loss in the opening set to win 7-5 and send the match into a tiebreaker. Lehmann dropped a tough 10-6 decision.

Dixon Hall and Carter Difonzo won their opening set 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, but dropped the next two sets 2-6, 3-6. Allen Howell fell 1-6,1-6 at No. 1 singles and Chase Starks dropped a 1-6,3-6 decision at No. 2 doubles.

CLASS 6A SWEET 16
The Tucker Lady Tigers suffered just their second loss of the season as they fell to John’s Creek 3-1 in the Class 6A quarterfinals to end an exciting Tucker tennis season.

John’s Creek’s Shelly Ray opened the scoring as she outdueled Tucker’s Daelyn Turner 6-3,6-1 in what was a close match. Five of the seven games in the second set went to deuce.

Summer Clemons evened the match with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Amie Wang to win No. 3 singles.

John’s Creek went up 2-1 as Sophia Ahn and Madison Neathery won 6-1, 6-3 over Tucker’s Kelsey Hayes and Sarah Penkava. The match was clinched as Carson Tanguilig upended Tucker’s Autumn Clemons 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

The Dunwoody Wildcats joined Chamblee in the Final Four round as they traveled to Glynn Academy and came away victorious at 3-0 over the Terrors.

Dunwoody heads to Region 7-6A foe Northview which defeated Coffee 4-0. Dunwoody is the Region 7-6A No. 3 seed while Northview was the No. 2 seed heading into the state playoffs. Dunwoody is in the Final Four for the second time in three seasons (2016, 2018) after missing out on the playoffs a year ago.

DCSD Tennis State Playoffs Results
Monday, April 30
Class 5A Boys
McIntosh 4, Chamblee (15-5) 1

Class 6A Girls
Johns Creek 3, Tucker (18-2) 1

Tuesday, May 1
Class 6A Boys
Dunwoody (14-7) 3, Glynn Academy 0

Class 5A Girls
Chamblee (20-0) 3, Bainbridge 0

DCSD Tennis State Playoffs Schedule
Thursday, May 3
Class 6A Boys Final Four

Dunwoody (14-7) at Northview, 2:30 pm

Monday, May 7
Class 5A Girls Final Four

Buford at Chamblee (20-0), 4:30 pm

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