Tennis team remains perfect

Published 9:51 am Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Davie tennis team’s shutout of visiting Reynolds on Sept. 14 was a statement if there ever was one.

Reynolds is the No. 2 team in the Central Piedmont Conference, it was playing for a share of first and the War Eagles were hugely superior in 9-0 victory. Two days earlier, the Demons beat Reagan. That means everyone below Davie has at least two losses.

“There’s just so much talent,” senior Claire Myers said as Davie remained perfect. “We play really great tennis, but we don’t want to get cocky.”

Two days before hosting Reynolds, the War Eagles took care of Newton-Conover on the road, 8-0. Laura Becker (6-1, 6-0), Sierra Foster (6-0, 6-0), Jennifer Ngo (6-0, 6-0), Amanda Ngo (6-0, 6-0), Annie Kinder (6-0, 6-0) and Myers (6-0, 6-0) steamrolled as Davie’s nonconference winning streak reached 12. Aubree Privat/Emery Rosenbaum dominated 8-1 to pick up their team-high fourth doubles win. Shelby Nelson/Sydney Smith cruised 8-3.

Even with Reynolds standing in the way on Davie’s home courts, the War Eagles’ train continued to steam down the track.

Davie’s third shutout of the year lifted its records to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the CPC. Reynolds fell to 6-2, 4-2. The Demons have only lost to Davie, including a 6-3 decision on Aug. 22.

“It was a battle,” coach John Bullins said. “The score was not indicative of how the match went. Every single seed was a war out there. A lot of long points.”

Becker, who looks unstoppable at the No. 1 seed, rolled 6-2, 6-2.

At No. 2, Foster’s 6-4, 3-6 (10-5 tiebreaker) win was no small thing. Elizabeth Youseff beat Foster 6-2, 6-3 in August.

“This was a sweet victory for Sierra,” Bullins said. “Man, she worked so hard and battled.”

After taking a 3-1 lead in the second set, Foster dropped five straight games to send the match to a tiebreaker.

“I said: ‘Listen Sierra, you’re going to get her in this tiebreaker. Jump out to a quick lead and you’ll get her,’” Bullins said. “Sure enough, she jumped out to a quick lead, weathered the storm and took the victory.”

This from Foster: “I was trying to hit more toward her backhand because I realized her forehand side was stronger. And last time I was sick and didn’t feel good, and this time I was trying to keep it on the court and also hit my own shots instead of letting her dictate the point.”

J. Ngo (6-1, 7-5), A. Ngo (6-0, 6-3) and Kinder (6-4, 6-1) were victorious at the third, fourth and fifth seeds. At No. 6, Myers was pushed to the limit, but she found a way to prevail 7-5, 7-5. Then Myers teamed up with Kinder at No. 3 doubles, and they pulled out an 8-6 win by using a furious comeback.

Did we mention that Myers played doubles after battling Sarah Templeton for two hours in singles?

“Lots and lots of Gatorade,” Myers said.

“That was really good for Claire because she had a quick turnaround and got right back on the court and found that second wind,” Bullins said. “She dug down deep. She found a will to win.”

About that furious comeback. Kinder/Myers faced a 6-1 deficit before clicking off the last seven games.

“Playing with Annie is great because we’ve played together since middle school,” Myers said. “We definitely earned it. Last year I played five hours in one evening. Today I played about three and a half hours.”

Becker/Foster and the Ngo sisters posted 8-5 victories at Nos. 1-2 doubles, respectively, as the War Eagles stretched their regular-season winning streak to 15. This is the 42nd year of Davie girls tennis. If another team started 9-0, it happened in the ‘70s or ‘80s.

Reynolds captured the CPC’s regular-season championship in ‘14 and ‘15. Going into ‘16, Davie had lost five straight and 14 of 16 to Reynolds. Talk about flipping the script.

“Reynolds has been dominant in years past and we’re happy that maybe we could be conference champs this year,” Foster said. “It feels good to know that all the work you’ve done is paying off.”

Becker is 9-0. J. Ngo and Myers are 8-0. A. Ngo is 7-0. Foster and Kinder are 7-2. Becker/Foster are 3-0 in doubles. Davie is riding the longest winning streak in nine years. The longest streak in history belongs to the ‘07 team, coached by Sandra Boyette. It won 12 in a row with a starting lineup of Lauren Hauser, Brooke Padgett, Caroline Webster, Tori Kennedy, Lauren Gryder and Chelsea Davis.

“I’ve got to continue to emphasize to them to keep battling, working hard and staying focussed on our goals,” Bullins said.