2018 Girls Tennis Season Outlook | Northeastern, Currituck, Edenton vie for league titles
By Malcolm Shields
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Currituck, Northeastern and John A. Holmes will all be in the race for conference championships this fall.
Currituck and Northeastern will contend with First Flight in the 2A Northeastern Coastal Conference, while Edenton will try to defend its 1A Albemarle Athletic Conference title this fall.
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Coach: Vic Ramsey
Last season’s record: 8-8, 6-4 Northeastern Coastal Conference
Outlook: Although the Lady Knights will be without 2017 Area Player of the Year in Sarah Dover, who is now at Salisbury University, Ramsey believes that the 2018 Lady Knights will be more experienced and balanced this fall.
Currituck has four returning starters from last season’s team that was third in the league.
Elizabeth Hewitt has established herself as Currituck’s No. 1 in singles.
Heather Hennessey, Marley Renner — a transfer from J.P. Knapp Early College — and McKenna Sweeney have been in No. 2 – No. 4 singles so far this season.
Grace Waters, Lilly Nekervis and Samantha Phillips round out the singles lineup.
Ramsey, in his 19th season leading the program, noted that Phillips, Waters and Nekervis all gained valuable experience last season and are much improved from a year ago.
Hewitt and Sweeney along with Nekervis and Phillips have been pairs in doubles this season.
Currituck is off to a 2-2 start to the season and won its conference opener against Hertford County Tuesday.
Ramsey noted that the added experience and depth will allow the team to compete with First Flight and Northeastern for a dual team state playoff berth.
Coach: April Turner
Last season’s record: 12-2, 8-2 Northeastern Coastal Conference
Outlook: The Lady Eagles finished in second place in the league last fall.
NHS returns five starters from last season’s team.
Olivia Sanders has played the majority of No. 1 singles for the Lady Eagles this season.
Emma Teachy, Ellie Hornthal, Jaycie Gregory, Brooke Overman and Madeline Twiford have played a key role in singles so far this fall.
NHS has a 5-0-1 overall record with a 1-0 mark in the conference.
Rebekah Fernandez, Julie Fairweather and Davis Robertson have contributed in matches this season.
NHS also features freshmen Zoe Pureza, Chloe Redd, Callie Twiford, Emma Montero and Gracie Pierce.
Turner noted that the team has a lot of depth.
Even with five returning starters, Turner added that anyone remaining on the roster could earn court time in the top six singles lineup.
Northeastern travels to Kill Devil Hills to take on defending conference champion First Flight today.
JOHN A. HOLMES
Last season’s record: 14-5, 4-0 Albemarle Athletic Conference
Outlook: Before Wednesday match at Rocky Mount, the Lady Aces had a 3-3-1 overall record this season.
Edenton has multiple returning starters from last season’s team that won the inaugural Albemarle Athletic Conference championship.
Jessica Copeland, who was the 2017 AAC Player of the Year, returns for her senior season this fall.
She is joined in singles with Anna Bass, Sydney Morris, Lilly Boyce, Molly Catherine White and Savannah Ester.
Lilly Bunch and Caroline Stoltz have contributed this season.
Edenton is scheduled to begin league play Sept. 11 against Gates.