Viking Tennis Rolls On
The Lady Viking team collected its 12th win of the season, Wednesday in Cameron, defeating Cape Fear Valley (CFV) opponent Triton 8-1 to keep their perfect record intact.
With the loss, second place Triton fell to 10-2 in league play.
Lydia Stalls had two victories on the day to move into 14th place on Union Pines' all-time career win list. Her record is now 119-16.
Stalls won her singles match 10-1, Wednesday and teamed up with Neena Wanko to take their doubles match 8-1.
Wanko scored a 10-0 shutout victory in her singles match. Anna Maness (10-0) and Jordan Smith (10-1) also cruised to capture easy victories in singles.
The pair then won 8-4 in doubles. Nichole Galbicsek was Union Pines' other singles winner. Later she and Sammantha Marsh won their doubles match 8-1.
Bulldozing a way through the conference portion of their season, the Lady Vikes have prevailed victorious in 103 of their 109 individual singles and doubles conference matches.
The Vikings traveled to Angier earlier this week and collected a 9-0 victory in a CFV conference match versus the Harnett Central Trojans.
It was the fourth straight shutout victory for Union Pines, which is the 7th ranked team in the current North Carolina High School Tennis Coaches Association (NCHSTCA) 3-A poll.
Wanko, Maness and Galbicsek all recorded 10-0 wins in their singles matches, while Smith won 10-2 and Marsh scored a 10-6 victory. Stalls gutted out a hard-fought 11-10 win by taking the tiebreaker 7-4, which helped preserve the Lady Vikings' shutout win.
Stalls then teamed up with Wanko for an 8-0 doubles win. The Union Pines teams' of Maness -- Smith and Galbicsek -- Marsh each claimed 8-4 victories in the Harnett Central match.
Monday, Union Pines travels to Four Oaks to tangle with league foe South Johnston.
Then the Lady Vikings wrap up the CFV conference regular season by celebrating senior day, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., when they host the Western Harnett Eagles.
PHS tennis eyes first place
After defeating both Scotland County and Hoke County 9-0 at home on Monday and Tuesday, the Pinecrest girls' tennis team was scheduled to battle Jack Britt on Thursday for a share of first place.
Pinecrest, now 10-1 in the Mid-Southeastern Conference, was defeated 6-3 at home in its first meeting against the undefeated Buccaneers three weeks ago.The Patriots are the defending conference champions.
"That will be our challenge for the season," Patriot coach Gail Deese said of the match against the Bucs. "I believe we can do it."
Against the Scots, the best competition was between the Pats' Mariotte Meyers and Sara Harling.
The two battled for two hours before Meyers prevailed in the 10-point tiebreaker.
"It was a very good match with lots of hitting," Deese said.
The Patriots lost only three games in the six singles matches against Hoke.
Pinecrest 9, Scotland 0
Singles - Lyndsey Anderson (P) def. Eleanor Sojka 6-3, 6-1; Mariotte Meyers (P) def. Sara Harling 7-5, 4-6, 10-7; Ally Parziale (P) def. Berry Williamson 6-2, 6-3; Hailey Ciccolanti (P) def. Ali Norton 6-0, 6-1; Brooke McLean (P) def. Jessica Newton 6-1, 6-1; Caroline Hudson (P) def. Jessica Shelley 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles - Anderson/Meyers (P) def. Sojka/Williamson 8-3; Ciccolanti/Mclean (P) def. Harling Newton 8-4; (P) Antonia Meyers/Arianna Brenner (P) def. Shelley/Cori Newton 8-2
Pinecrest 9, Hoke 0
Singles - Lyndsey Anderson (P) def. D.Thaggard 6-0, 6-0; Mariotte Meyers (P) def. E.Lowry 6-1, 6-0; Ally Parziale (P) def. S.Harrison 6-0, 6-0; Hailey Ciccolanti (P) def. A. Liossatos 6-0, 6-0; Brooke McLean (P) def. N.Kelly 6-1, 6-0; Caroline Hudson (P) def. B.Warren 6-0, 6-1
Doubles - Arianne Brenner/Antonia Meyers (P) def. Thaggard/Lowry 8-0; Ginnie Holderfield/Alyson Grine (P) def. Harrison/Liossatos 8-2; Joanne Wu/Kate Hieronymus (P) def. L. Clarle/M.Kelly 8-3.
Winning doubles teams for Pinecrest in exhibition matches were: Emily Gower/Sara Sizer, Sam Matthews/Auden Laurence and Molly Pfordnesher/Alyssa Rocherelle?
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