Tennis team breezes to 14-0
By Brian Pitts
The Davie tennis team concluded a regular season for the ages last week. The War Eagles clinched at least a share of first place by gutting out hard-earned wins over Reagan, West Forsyth and Reynolds. Then they cemented regular-season perfection by breezing past lesser opponents.
When the War Eagles recorded wins of 7-2 over Parkland, 9-0 over Parkland and 9-0 over Glenn, they soared to 14-0 overall and 12-0 in the Central Piedmont Conference. That spells champion with an exclamation mark; they were four games better than the Reynolds, West and Reagan, a trio that ended last week with four league losses each.
Davie is chasing the greatest start/longest winning streak in program history. The 2016 club that featured Laura Becker, Sierra Foster, Annie Kinder, Claire Myers, Jennifer Ngo and Amanda Ngo won its first 16 matches.
The War Eagles hosted Parkland on back-to-back days, Oct. 4-5. The matches went according to script. Parkland’s only two wins through 12 matches were over Glenn by scores of 5-3 and 5-4.
The third match in three days was against doormat Glenn (0-11). Davie lost one game all day.
How deep is coach Collin Ferebee’s lineup?
• Junior Karlie Quinn, the top seed for three years running, was 3-1 when she got injured. She hasn’t played since Aug. 30.
• Freshman Cat Rosser is 5-0 while playing the five/six seeds. But the lineup is strong enough that Rosser has not played singles the last nine matches.
Whitney DeLoach (12-1) and Elliot Newsome (12-2) are tied for the team lead in singles wins. Sarah West Marklin is 11-3, Abby Fletcher 10-1, Leslie Newsom 9-0 and Tru Koren 8-6.
Newsome/Newsom are 7-0 in doubles. The next-best doubles team has been Marklin/Fletcher, who are 4-1.
Interestingly enough, Ferebee has used 19 different combinations in doubles. “I try to get as many of the girls playing as I can,” he said. “Just because they’re not starters today doesn’t mean they’re not starters of the future.”
The CPC Tournament was held Tuesday.