Britt

River Britt with the most valuable player award.

Union Pines is sending five girls’ tennis players, including River Britt, to regional competition next week.

Competing in the Tri-County 6 Conference individual tournament, Britt claimed her third conference singles title in Sanford last Thursday. Britt was also honored as the league’s most valuable player.

She defeated Daughtry Williams of Triton 10-2 in the championship match. For the season she is 14-0 in singles and 11-0 in doubles. She has 94 wins in her career as a Viking.

The Vikings also claimed the conference doubles title with Samantha Allred and Sara Adams taking the honors.

They were trailing in the championship match 2-3, 40-15, when Ashley Wachtel, Triton suffered an ankle injury and was forced to retire.

Allred-Adams reached the championship match with a 10-2 win over Lee County’s Abigail Altman-and Clarice Atkins in the semifinals. The Viking duo are 15-0 in doubles this season. Allred has won 76 times in her Viking career while Adams has 56 career wins.

The Viking duo of Eleanor Slyman and McKayla Kirk claimed third place with a 10-8 win over Altman and Atkins following an 11-9 semifinal loss to Wachtel and Wise.

Slyman and Kirk are 14-1 in doubles.  Slyman has 76 career wins and Kirk 25.

Anna Ragsdale also had a commendable conference tournament, according to Viking head coach John Frye. Ragsdale won first- and second-round matches in reaching the quarterfinals. She is 12-2 in singles this season and has 37 career victories.

Britt, Allred, Adams, Slyman and Kirk all advanced to the Mid-East 3-A Regional being held next Friday and Saturday at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Union Pines continues team play Wednesday when the Vikings host a first-round dual team playoff match.

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