Columbus High boys tennis team heads to state final

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerMay 7, 2013 

GRIFFIN, Ga. -- The Columbus Blue Devils boys tennis team advanced to the Class AAAA state finals Tuesday, winning 4-1 at Spalding High.

The day started out on a down note for Columbus as No. 1 singles player Ellis Bunn was forced to forfeit his match to Brett Piland due to illness.

But that would the only loss suffered by the Blue Devils (19-6).

Columbus' No. 1 doubles team of Rob Monfort and Ryan Gordon topped Spalding's Daniel Blake and Andrew Winter 6-1, 6-1, to even the score.

Blue Devils coach Betsy Zachary said she knew that "our strength was in our No. 1 doubles. They only lost one game all year; they were really dominant."

About 15 minutes later, Arnev Patel and Andrew Bray gave Columbus a 2-1 advantage, knocking out James Dunaway and Barrett Lavender at No. 2 doubles 6-2, 6-2.

The match was decided at No. 2 singles as Parker Bray beat Hez Apperson 6-2, 6-2.

Nathan Lovett topped Colby Willis 1-6, 6-4, 10-7 at No. 3 singles, to put an exclamation point on his team's victory.

Columbus, which will be making its first finals appearance since the GHSA went to its current format in 2000, will face either Madison County or South Effingham on Saturday at Clayton International Park in Jonesboro.

Zachery said she expected Bunn to be able to play in Saturday's final.

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