Undefeated Chamblee No. 1 singles player Olena Bilukha battled academic and athletic tests in leading Chamblee to a 3-2 win over Kell in the Class 5A semifinals. (Photo by Mark Brock)
Sophomore Grace Pietkiewicz improved to 15-1 on the season with a straight set 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles to give Chamblee a 2-0 advantage with two of the matches complete.
The Number 1 doubles match took three and a half hours to complete as Chamblee’s Madeline Meer and Madison Trinh battled back from a 2-6 first set defeat to win the second set 6-4. They fell behind 0-5 in the third set and worked hard to pull within in 3-5 before Kell’s team closed out the match at 6-3 in the third set.
Kell (21-1) won the No. 2 doubles point as Chamblee’s Kendalle Smith and Emilya Ershtein fell 1-6, 3-6 to even the match at 2-2.
Chamblee has the opportunity to win the first girls’ state tennis title for DeKalb since Lakeside’s win in 1984 and match the boys’ program (1998) with one state championship apiece. The last state tennis title for DeKalb was the Lakeside Vikings’ victory in 2001.
Chamblee faces Starr’s Mill in the state championship match set for Saturday, May 6 at the Clayton County International Park at approximately 2:00 pm depending on prior matches finishing.
Starr’s Mill defeated Harris County (5-0), Rome (5-0), Riverwood (3-2) and Carrollton (3-1, semis) to reach the state title match. Chamblee has playoff wins over Woodland (5-0), Bainbridge (3-0), Union Grove (5-0) and Kell (3-2).
DCSD TENNIS STATE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 6
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Chamblee (24-0) vs. Starr’s Mill (12-4), approx.. 2:00 pm