Eastern Alamance’s women’s tennis team, the Mid-State Conference champions, begin play in the NCHSAA 3A dual team state playoffs on Wednesday, as they’ll host Dunn’s Triton High School at EAHS. Triton is the second place finisher in the Tri-County conference. After advancing to the state playoffs last year, the Eagles are looking to reach the state quarterfinals in women’s tennis for the first time in school history.
At last week’s Mid-State Conference Tournament, which was held September 8 at the Burlington Tennis Center, the Eagles qualified three singles players - Christin Dunn, Emily Walsh, and Rocio Rosa - to the upcoming NCHSAA Regionals, which will also be in Burlington this coming week. In addition, EAHS’s double’s team of Olivia Harris and Caroline Allen advanced to the Regionals.
Dunn, who finished the regular season a perfect 10-0, received the top seed at the Mid-State Tournament in singles so with that, which gave her an automatic bye into the Regional round.
Walsh defeated Carmen Wallace from Northern Guilford in a hard-fought win to advance. Although Walsh dropped the first set 4-6, she was leading in the second set 5-4 when Wallace withdrew. Walsh then went on to win her second match against Alice Holmes from Rockingham 6-0, 6-0 to advance to Regionals.
Rosa, a freshman, defeated Alora Horton from Person 6-0, 6-0 in her opening round, and then defeated Annelise Weaver from Western Alamance - the Warrriors’ No. 2 seeded player - 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the Regional round.
In double’s play, Harris and Allen defeated Victory Drumwright and Katherine Sanchez 6-1, 6-0 in the opening round. In the second round, they defeated Anna Pope and Thalia Wall from Northern Guilford 2-6, 6-6 (won the tiebreaker 7-4), 6-3 to advance to Regionals.
Hannah Hawks and Sarah Delario defeated Carly Puragson and Megan Mascia from Northern Guilford 6-2, 6-4 in round one, but they were knocked out of Regional qualifying by Hannah Wood and Taylor Robertson from Rockingham 1-6, 1-6. Wood and Robertson are the Cougars’ No. 1 and No. 2 seeded players respectively.
The Regionals will be played October 18th and 19th, once again at the Burlington Tennis Center. The Eagles singles and doubles teams will be looking to crack the 16-competitor field in the NCHSAA State Championships.