Eastern Alamance’s women’s tennis team finished off a perfect 10-0 regular season last Wednesday with a 9-0 shutout victory over visiting McMichael on Senior Day in Mebane. The victory was Eastern’s third straight 9-0 sweep over a Mid-State Conference opponent, and the fourth time in their last five matches that the Eagles have held their opponent off the scoreboard.
Senior Christin Dunn continued her outstanding senior season by improving to 10-0 in individual matches with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over McMichael junior Jada Ore, while fellow twelfth grader Emily Walsh and freshman Rocio Rosa each completed 6-0, 6-0 sweeps of their respective matches against Phoenix opponents Ayden Smith and Dylan Smith.
Like Dunn, Walsh, and Rosa, No. 4 single’s player Olivia Harris improved to 10-0 on the regular season with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Autumn Hamby, while junior Hannah Hawks improved to 8-0 as Eastern’s No. 5 singles player with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Medina Begic. Freshman Sarah Delario was also impressive in her No. 6 single’s match, wiping out Olivia Gann by a score of 6-2, 6-0.
EAHS head coach Tom Booth allowed his seniors to play in the three doubles matches, with Dunn and Walsh crushing Peyton Carter and Trinity Hatchel, 6-0, and Harris and Caroline Allen prevailing over Harleigh Arnold and Lucy Jones, 8-0. In the No. 3 doubles match, seniors Ava Pearson and Rachel Fogleman, who like the rest were playing their final regular season matches at home in Mebane, defeated Justice Hollerman and Bailey McGuire, 8-5.
The Mid-State Conference regular season championship assures the Eagles of a NCHSAA playoff berth, and gives Eastern a chance for a higher seeding than last year, when they lost to Regional champ East Chapel Hill in the opening round.
On Tuesday, the Eagles will travel to Burlington for the Mid-State Conference Tournament, which will be held at the Burlington Tennis Center. For Dunn, who was the Mid-State Conference Player of the Year in 2018 as a junior, this will be a chance for her to put it all together and culminate two years of local domination by once again earning a spot in the NCHSAA 3A individual state championships, which is reserved for the top 16 players in the state in their classifications.