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Tennis Coaches of the Year

Savannah Country Day tennis coach Lamar Kirkley didn't know what to expect this year as his Hornet squad made the move from Class A Private to Class 3A with a team of young players. But the Hornets clicked at the right time, edging Savannah Christian to win the Region 3-3A title and securing home court advantage through the playoffs. SCD made the most of its opportunity and advanced to the Class 3A title match where the Hornets lost to Atlanta power Wesleyan.

The SCD girls' team also made a memorable run to the finals, beating Bremen on the road in the Final Four before losing to Wesleyan in the finals under coach Carrie Vetrovsky.

Kirkley and Vetrovsky are the Savannah Morning News boys' and girls' tennis Coaches of the Year."This was a special season because I wasn't sure what was coming with such a young team, but the kids came together and all the pieces fell into place," said Kirkley, 71. "We won some close matches early, and I think that gave us confidence. Beating Savannah Christian to win the Region title was the key. That made a huge difference being able to play all of our playoff matches at home in front of our home crowd."