Region 5AAAAAA has already begun its tournament, which will determine which four teams advance to the state tournament. Both of Woodstock’s teams won their first-round matches, as did the Etowah girls, and all clinched a state playoff berth in the process.
On the girls side, Woodstock beat Lassiter 3-2 and will now play Roswell in the semifinals. Etowah beat Milton 3-2 in the first round before falling to Walton 5-0 in the semifinals. The Lady Eagles will play the loser of the Woodstock-Roswell match to determine third and fourth seeds going into the state tournament.
In the boys’ tournament, Etowah made a surprisingly early exit, falling to Lassiter 3-0 in the opening round. Cherokee also lost out early, swept by Walton 3-0.
Woodstock won its opener against Roswell 3-2 and is scheduled to play Milton in the semifinal round April 16.
Region 7AAAAA, which includes Creekview and Sequoyah, is divided into subregions. The teams from one subregion cross over to play those from the other subregion.
While the tournament hasn’t started yet, the Creekview and Sequoyah boys are at the bottom of the standings and will play the top teams from the other subregion — Pope and Kell. The Grizzlies and Chiefs were swept by both of the east Cobb powers during the regular season.
The prospects are a little brighter for the girls in Region 7AAAAA.
Both Creekview and Sequoyah are 6-4 in the region. The Lady Grizzlies will face Pope in the quarterfinals April 16 after getting a bye in the first round. The winner gets a spot in the state playoffs.
Creekview lost to Pope 4-1 earlier in the season, with No. 2 doubles providing the lone victory.
Coach Kristina Baublitz said her players need to show up and have a good day.
“I think my girls get intimidated by some of the bigger names like Pope, and I think that is what happened last time,” she said. “We can’t let that get in our heads. The girls just need to show up and make a good showing that day.”
Sequoyah also earned a first-round bye, but its opponent has not been determined.
In Region 7AAAA, the River Ridge boys have established themselves as the team to beat. At 4-0, the Knight haven’t lost a line to a region opponent all season. They will receive a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed and face an opponent still to be determined.
The girls are near the bottom of their subregion standings, with their lone victory coming against Pickens.
The Region 7AAAA tournament will be held April 17-18 in Dalton.