High School Roundup | Northeastern girls tennis tops South Granville in dual team state playoffs
From staff reports
Thursday, October 18, 2018
The Northeastern girls tennis team defeated South Granville 5-2 in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A dual team state playoffs Wednesday on the road.
The Lady Eagles (13-2-1) upset the higher seeded and Northern Carolina Conference champion Vikings (6-5) to advance to the second round of the tournament.
The win was the Lady Eagles’ first in the dual team tournament in program history.
NHS earned wins in singles from No. 2 Jaycie Gregory who secured a 6-1, 6-2 result against Lacy Blackly and No. 4 singles Ellie Hornthal with a 6-1, 6-0 result against South Granville’s Gracie Williams.
Brooke Overman in No. 5 singles and Madeline Twiford in No. 6 singles won their matches 6-0, 6-0 against Lexy Linton and Hannah Blackender, respectively.
NHS No. 1 singles Olivia Sanders lost her match to McKenzie Chamberlin 4-6, 6-2, 11-9, while Eagles’ No. 3 Emma Teachey fell to Jordan Talley 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-2).
“Olivia played a great match. Everything South Granville hit to her she had an answer for, however South Granville went for bigger shots in the third set tie break to barely edge pass Olivia for the win,” Northeastern coach April Turner said.
“Jaycie came out ready to compete. She was quickly up 4-1 in the first set and only let her level of play go up with each game she won.
Emma played a marathon match and it honestly was the best I’ve ever seen her play. South Granville could run down any shot she hit, which playing any other team would have been a hands down winner. She hung in there and never lost her focus. It honestly was the perfect match for her going into regionals on Friday.
Ellie, Brooke and Madeline all played phenomenal matches. Their speed and consistency really bothered their opponents, especially Ellie’s, who liked to come in and play the net.”
Northeastern clinched the match with doubles wins by No. 1 duo of Sanders and Hornthal with an 8-2 result against Chamberlin and Blackly and Twiford and Overman’s victory in No. 3 doubles at 5-0 when the doubles match was called.
“Olivia showed a lot of leadership [Wednesday] in this match which helped keep both of their nerves in check knowing that they could be playing the match to win it for us,” Turner said.
Sanders and Hornthal defeated a senior doubles team from South Granville that had a 9-1 record this season.
Northeastern, a wild card in the tournament, will face North Carolina School of Science and Math (13-0), which won its first-round match against Whiteville 6-0, in the second round in Durham next week.
Reaching the second round of the dual team state playoffs was one of the goals Turner had for the program.
“I am so proud of these girls,” Turner said. “They work hard, take my advice, they improve their weaknesses and they never give up. Even if they are losing they are still going for their shots and playing their game. Every girl on my team of 14 play a role in helping us to achieve this second round spot.”
The Camden boys and girls cross country teams won Albemarle Athletic Conference championships in Edenton Wednesday afternoon.
The Camden girls team won the team championship with 20 points and Manteo was second with 37 points.
Camden posted 32 points to win the boys team title.
Perquimans was second with 69 points, Gates took third with 76 points.
Manteo was fourth with 77 points and Edenton was fifth with 77 points.
Keeley Williams, a freshman, won the girls meet with a time of 21 minutes, two seconds.
She edged out teammate Autumn Healy who finished three seconds behind Williams.
Camden’s Hannah Healy was third.
John A. Holmes’ Amy Turner was fourth and Camden’s Brookelyn Johnson took seventh place.
Madison Jennings posted the fastest time for Perquimans with a 23rd place finish.
Camden’s Thomas White, a junior, won the boys meet with a time of 18:20.
Gates’ Jacob Euler was second, Camden’s Ethen Osborn was third and teammate Christopher Praisler was fourth.
Edenton’s Alex Jackson, a senior, was fifth, while Luis Carvajal was sixth.
Perquimans freshman Eli Greggory finished in 10th place.
NCC all-conference: Currituck, Northeastern and Pasquotank earned Northeastern Coastal Conference all-conference performers for the 2018 cross country season.
Currituck’s Hailee Reinke, Jasmine Gorney and Jessica Anderson were named to the girls first team.
Colleen Dongarra, Jaden Hobbs and Shelby Pippin were named to the second team.
Northeastern’s Tara Downey and Kiara Williams were selected to the second team.
First Flight’s Madison Pugh was named NCC girls runner of the year.
On the boys side, Currituck’s Laiten Gibson and Shane Newman with Pasquotank’s Quang Bui were named to the all-conference second team.
First Flight’s Zach Hughes was the boys conference runner of the year.
Camden 4, Ocracoke 0: The Bruins (9-7-4) secured the non-conference win at Camden Community Park Wednesday.
John A. Holmes 4, Gates 1: The Aces knocked off Albemarle Athletic Conference rival Gates at the Holmes soccer complex in Edenton Wednesday.
With the win, Edenton (9-9-1, 5-4-0 AAC) moved into second place in the league.
Manteo 9, Perquimans 0: The Pirates (0-16, 0-10 AAC) were shut out in the league match in Hertford Wednesday evening.
Eric Hernandez and Andrew Hayman scored two goals each for Manteo (14-1, 10-0 AAC).
Currituck 5, Northeastern 0: The Knights (9-6-2, 5-1-0 Northeastern Coastal Conference) secured the league win at home Wednesday evening.
Northeastern (6-7-2, 1-5-0 NCC) travels to Hertford County Monday.
Currituck def. Hickory (Va.) 25-11, 25-27, 25-18, 25-12: Currituck (15-6) won the non-conference match at home Wednesday.
Kamryn Johnson posted 29 kills, two aces, four blocks and 21 digs in the win.
Whitney Shilling followed with seven kills, five aces a block, an ace and 10 digs.
Merritt Woodson had five kills, seven blocks, two digs and four aces, while Macy Pace posted six kills, three digs and 10 blocks.
Kayleigh Reagan-Smith had 23 digs with three assists and a kill, while Faith Hughes had a team-high 43 assists with 12 digs.