Frederica Academy’s Alastair Campbell is no stranger to the competition he will face on the tennis court today in his state singles semifinal match in Macon.
“I’ve played him before in tournaments, so I know what to expect,” Campbell said Monday after taking out his first two rounds of competition in straight sets on Monday.
Campbell and four other Frederica Academy players made the 225-mile trip to the John Drew Smith Tennis Center for the individual Georgia Independent Schools Association state championships, which wrap up today.
After wins in the first two rounds, Campbell will take Brookwood School’s Landon Carter, a familiar foe, in today’s semifinal. Campbell said he is ready for the match. If he beats Carter, he will move on the state championship match later today.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said.
So is coach Brian Wyrick, who said all of his players put up good showings at the tournament, especially considering their youth.
“It’s basically a totally new team from last year,” Wyrick said, noting that the Junior Campbell is one of only a couple of upperclassmen on the squad.
Merril Been, an eighth grader, went to the tournament as the Knights’ No. 1 girls singles player, and she did not disappoint.
Been took out Elizabeth Leveson of Deerfield Windsor 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in the first round before falling in the second round.
Wyrick said it was great to see Been advance to the second round.
On the boys side, Dylan McHugh fell in the first round in three sets to Andrew Cooper of Brookwood School.
In doubles competition, Gretta Johnston and Kelly Quinn won via forfeit in the first round, but dropped their next match to Jewel Brunson and Olivia Gentry of Heritage School, 7-5, 3-6, 3-6.
Their tournament may have ended early, but Wyrick said simply having a girls doubles team qualify was encouraging for the young team’s future. He said it had been at least four years since the last doubles team made the trip to state.
Campbell is the only Knight remaining in the tournament.
“It is good to have Alastair back for the second day,” Wyrick said.
But it won’t be the last tennis played by the team this year. Both the boys and girls squads at Frederica won the GISA 2-3A region this year and will enter the team tournament next Tuesday in Macon with high hopes.