Eastern Alamance’s women’s tennis team continued its winning ways this week with a pair of victories - one at home against Graham on Tuesday, and another on Wednesday at Person.
The dual team wins, which came by identical 9-0 scores, improved EAHS’s overall record to 4-0 heading into arguably its biggest match of the season - a road showdown on September 4 at Northern Guilford that will likely decide the Mid-State Conference title. The Nighthawks opened their season August 20 with a 9-0 sweep of league rival McMichael.
Against Graham the Eagles were completely dominant, winning all six singles matches and the top two doubles matches by scores of 8-0. Christin Dunn defeated Jamie Garcia in the No. 1 singles match, Emily Walsh defeated Blessing Wade in the No. 2 singles match, Rocio Rosa defeated Daisy Martinez in the No. 3 singles match, Olivia Harris defeated Angela Romero in the No. 4 singles match, Sarah Delario defeated Kayla Duran in the No. 5 singles match, and Lilly Kelly defeated Susan Cano-Aguado in the No.6 singles match.
In doubles play, Rosa and Harris, taking the No. 1 doubles slot for the Eagles, swept through Graham’s Jamie Garcia and Blessing Wade, 8-0. Another 8-0 sweep came from Ava Pearson and Karli Poteat, who defeated Andrea Chavez and Melissa Barajas in the No. 2 doubles match. Rachel Fogleman and Pamela Talamantes came through for Eastern with an 8-1 triumph in the No. 3 doubles match, defeating Abby Adams and Kelsey Fuller.
Moving on to Wednesday’s match with Person, the Eagles came through with another overwhelming performance to improve to 2-0 in conference competition. Each of Eastern’s top four singles players - Dunn, Walsh, Rosa, and Harris - won their matches over Person’s Kaitlyn Wrenn, Alora Horton, Lyndley Whitfield, and Julie Taylor by scores of 6-0, 6-0.
Samantha Adcock managed to get a single game against Sarah Delario in the No. 5 singles match, but the EAHS freshman still picked up a convincing 6-1, 6-0 triumph. Also picking up a win by a 6-1, 6-0 score is No. 6 singles player Lilly Kelly, who knocked off Person’s Kalei Stephens.
In the doubles matchups against Person, Dunn and Walsh dominated Wrenn and Horton, 8-0, as did Rosa and Harris in the No. 2 doubles match over Person’s Whitfield and Adcock. In the No. 3 doubles match, EAHS’s Caroline Allen and Karli Poteat defeated Person’s Julie Taylor and Kalei Stephens, 8-1. The victory over the Rockets improved Eastern’s overall mark to 4-0.
Now comes the biggest regular season test for the Eagles - the showdown at Northern Guilford. Last season the Nighthawks were the only Mid-State Conference team to beat Eastern, who finished 12-3 overall and advanced to the NCHSAA 3A state playoffs.
Although Eastern can still make the state playoffs if they lose to Northern Guilford, a win over the Nighthawks would improve the Eagles’ playoff seeding and ensure they don’t have to play a powerhouse in the first round such as East Chapel Hill, who advanced all the way to the state finals in 2018 before losing to 3A state champion Charlotte Catholic.