Following a pair of dominant 9-0 victories last week over Southern Alamance and Western Alamance, Eastern Alamance’s women’s tennis team takes a perfect 9-0 record into the final regular season match Wednesday against McMichael. The match will be the final home match at Eastern High for the Eagles seniors, who have done so much to build the EAHS tennis program into a regional power.
Last Monday (September 23), the Eagles traveled to Swepsonville and kept up their winning ways with a shutout victory over the Patriots, who came into the local match sitting in second place in their conference. Christin Dunn continued her outstanding senior season by improving to 9-0 with a decisive 8-0 triumph over Southern’s Morgan Miller.
Although she didn’t pick up a shutout, Emily Walsh was almost as dominant as Dunn in her No. 2 singles match with Southern’s Caroline Eldreth, as the EAHS senior earned an 8-2 win. Both of EAHS’s No. 3 and No. 4 singles players - Rocio Rosa and Olivia Harris - shut out their respective Patriot foes, Lacy Mills and Alexis Young, by identical 8-0 scores.
Junior Hannah Hawks and freshman Sarah Delario completed Eastern’s dominance by earning a pair of 8-2 singles wins in the No. 5 and No. 6 matches against Southern’s Delaney Schick and Amber Zettle.
Southern Alamance was reasonably competitive in the No. 1 doubles match, pushing Eastern’s top tandem of Dunn and Walsh to 11 games, but the Eagles managed to prevail, 8-3. EAHS’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Rosa and Hawks wiped out Southern’s Mills and Young, 8-1, while Harris and Caroline Allen, playing No. 3 doubles for the Eagles, overwhelmed Zettle and Makayla Durham 8-1 to finish off the Patriots.
Things went much the same way for the Eagles in the road match September 25 against Western Alamance, although the various singles matches were played in a best two-of-three set format.
Dunn continued her tremendous run this fall by taking down Western’s top singles player, senior Mackenzie Dowler, by a score of 6-0, 6-1. Through nine matches this fall, Dunn was a perfect 9-0 in singles play, compiling a remarkable overall record of 96-6 in individual games. She will look to complete the regular season undefeated and then qualify for the NCHSAA state championships in October.
Each of EAHS’s top four singles players - Dunn, Emily Walsh, Rocio Rosa, and Olivia Harris - have perfect 9-0 individual match records. Dunn has a combined mark of 97-14 in single’s games, Rosa is a combined 91-14, and Harris is 96-8. In addition, Hannah Hawks has produced a perfect 7-0 mark as Eastern’s No. 5 singles player, earning a combined score of 74-15, including a huge tiebreaker victory over Northern Guilford that helped Eastern get over the hump against the Nighthawks.
Lilly Kelly was 2-0 against Graham and Person early on in the season as Eastern’s No. 6 singles player, combining to beat her opponents, 20-1. Freshman Sarah Delario, in her first varsity appearance as an Eagle, has been taking on mostly older opponents but has challenged herself to improve and has put together a 4-3 overall record. Delario picked up wins against Northeast Guilford, Rockingham County, Southern Alamance, and Western Alamance, while falling to Orange, Northern Guilford, and Williams.
As solid as the Eagles have been in single’s play, they’ve been just as strong in double’s competition, producing a perfect 9-0 record with both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles units, and an 8-1 mark with the No. 3 unit.
Dunn and Walsh have picked up eight of the nine wins for the No. 1 doubles squad for the Eagles, combining to beat their opponents, 43-7. Dunn and Walsh defeated opponents from Orange, Person, Rockingham, Southern Alamance, and Western Alamance, while opponents from Northeast Guilford, Northern Guilford, and Williams elected to retire and take forfeits against each of Eastern’s various doubles opponents. Eastern’s other No. 1 doubles victory was picked up by Harris and Rosa, who defeated Graham, 8-0.
Rosa has gone 8-0 for the Eagles in No. 2 doubles, joining forces with teammates Harris and Hawks. Rosa’s combined match record against Orange, Person, Rockingham County, Southern Alamance, and Western Alamance - the five opponents she wound up playing head-to-head - was a solid 40-6.
Harris earned a 3-0 record in No. 2 doubles, defeating Orange and Person by a combined 16-1 score and earning a forfeit win over Northeast Guilford, while senior Ava Pearson and junior Karli Poteat also picked up a No. 2 doubles triumph over Graham.
Along with her play in No. 2 doubles, Harris is a perfect 5-0 in No. 3 doubles alongside Caroline Allen, with match play wins over Rockingham, Southern Alamance, and Western Alamance, and forfeit wins over Northern Guilford and Williams. Others with No. 3 doubles victories include Delario and Hawks, who defeated Northeast Guilford by forfeit, Allen and Karli Poteat, who knocked off Person, 8-1, and senior Rachel Fogleman and junior Pamela Talamantes, who beat Graham, 8-1. Delario and Hawks suffered Eastern’s only double’s loss thus far - an 8-5 setback to Orange.
Following Wednesday’s regular season finale against McMichael, the Eagles will appear in the Mid-State Conference Tournament October 8 at the Burlington Tennis Center. From there, the Eagles will await potential seeding for the NCHSAA 3A state team playoffs.