Lady Knights, Eagles impress at NCC tennis tourney
The girls tennis tournament is scheduled to conclude today
By Craig Moyer
Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Lady Knights and Lady Eagles began the Northeastern Coastal Conference tournament on a high note, as members of the teams fight to qualify for the east regional.
The tournament, which is held at Northeastern, is split into doubles and singles, as three singles and three pairs earn trips to the regional tournament, including the two finalists in each bracket.
The singles portion of the tournament included 12 girls, as the top four seeds in the tournament received byes into the second round.
Those tops seeds included Currituck’s Sarah Dover at number one and Hanna Holden at number three, while Northeastern’s Madeline Twiford earned the fourth seed.
First Flight’s Gray Tillett earned the number three seed and a bye.
Dover faced Bertie’s Amari White in the second round, winning 6-1, 6-0 to advance to the semifinal round.
The Currituck senior will face Twiford in the semifinals, who defeated First Flight’s Sofia Dick 6-0, 6-2.
Entering the tournament, Dover was a clear favorite to win, as she was 15-1 in singles play this season.
Northeastern head coach April Rowe Turner spoke with The Daily Advance after the opening day of the tournament about what Twiford must do to advance to the final round.
“She has to move her feet and run down everything, if she can do that and not get frustrated with her forehand she will be okay,” Turner said. “Her forehand is amazing if she can just keep it in play.”
Lady Knights’ Holden advanced to the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Pasquotank’s Alyssa Johnson and will face First Flight’s Tillet, who had to fight for a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lady Eagles freshman Ellie Hornthal.
“Ellie did really well against First Flight’s number one girl, she lost, but she fought hard,” Turner said.
Northeastern’s two pairs on the doubles side of the tournament had strong showings as well.
The Lady Eagles account for half of the doubles semifinalists as the duos of Emma Teachey and Haidyn Fairweather, as well as Ashlyn Twiford and Olivia Sanders each reached the semifinal round.
Northeastern’s two doubles pairs will each face a doubles team from First Flight in the semifinals.
Twiford and Sanders earned the number two seed and a first round bye, while Teachey and Fairweather also earned byes with the third seed.
Teachey and Fairweather advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Pasquotank’s Kim Meeds and Sam Brandt in the second round.
The duo is set to face First Flight’s Hunter Haskett and Sammie Lilliston, who earned the tournament’s top seed.
On the other side of the bracket, Twiford and Sanders advanced with a win over the Lady Panthers’ Kaylee Lowery and Bekah Soliman, 6-1 and 6-0.
Sanders and Twiford will face Lady Nighthawks’ Courtney Tillett and Lauren Shelton in the semifinals today.
Turner was pleased with the performance from her two doubles teams, but said tomorrows matches are the ones that really matter.
“I’m happy with how they served and played at the nets,” Turner said.
The tournament is scheduled to conclude today beginning at about 1 p.m. as the teams battle for trips to the regional.
The Class 2A east regional tournament is held at Greene Central in Snow Hill and is scheduled for Oct. 20.