12-0 start best in Davie tennis

Published 9:42 am Thursday, September 29, 2016

This is the 42nd year of Davie girls tennis, and only one other team has put together a 12-match winning streak. Coach John Bullins’ 2016 squad matched the record with three victories last week.

At 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the Central Piedmont Conference, this is the best start in school history. It tied the record of Sandra Boyette’s 2007 team, which had 12 straight wins.

“We’ve been very fortunate in how hard they play each and every set,” Bullins said. “And I think that comes from the competition they get from each other in practice and warmups. Not only are they talented in their tennis abilities, but they’re super student-athletes. They’re a blessing to be apart of.”

The War Eagles defeated Reagan, 6-3, on the road on Sept. 19. Laura Becker (6-1, 6-1), Jennifer Ngo (6-1, 6-0), Amanda Ngo (6-2, 6-1), Annie Kinder (6-3, 6-0) and Claire Myers (6-2, 6-1) clinched the outcome in singles.

Davie lost two of three doubles. The exception was at No. 3, where Grace Nixon and Moriah Lane survived a 9-8 match that went to a tiebreaker. Bullins raved about the fight it took to win the tiebreaker 7-4 and improve their record to 3-1.

“It was the only match going on,” he said. “It was really exciting. They did a great job of fighting it out at the end. They had an early lead and Reagan’s girls played well also, and they fought back to go ahead 8-7. We won the next game, and (Nixon and Lane) took that momentum into the tiebreaker. They were two excited young ladies, let me tell you.”

In a nonconference match, Davie rolled 7-2 at West Rowan on Sept. 20. Becker (6-1, 6-1), Sierra Foster (6-1, 6-0), J. Ngo (6-1, 6-0), A. Ngo (6-0, 6-0), Kinder (6-0, 6-4) and Myers (6-0, 6-2) swept singles. Aubree Privat/Emery Rosenbaum outlasted their No. 2 doubles opponents 9-7.

Hosting West Forsyth on Sept. 21, the War Eagles were running on all cylinders in a 9-0 shutout.

Becker got things started with a 6-0, 6-0 beating at No. 1 singles. “Laura sets the tone,” Bullins said. “She wins the first match at No. 1 and boom – everything falls into place after that.”

Foster (6-0, 6-0), J. Ngo (6-0, 6-2), A. Ngo (6-3, 6-2), Kinder (6-1, 7-6, 7-4) and Myers (6-0, 6-1) followed with wins as Davie swept singles. Kinder’s tiebreaker battle may have been the signature moment of her senior season. Gabby Bottazzi beat Kinder the first time 6-3, 7-5.

“It was the match of the night,” Bullins said. “She lost the last time, so this was a great victory for Annie. She played great. I mean tremendous tennis. She was focussed the whole match. There were great rallies, long points. The match had everything.”

Sweeping doubles were the Ngo sisters (8-2), Privat/Rosenbaum (8-4) and Nixon/Lane (8-5). Privat/Rosenbaum picked up their team-high sixth win in doubles. Nixon/Lane are second on the team with four doubles wins.

For the season, Becker (12-0), J. Ngo (11-0 at No. 3), A. Ngo (10-0 at No. 4) and Myers (11-0 at No. 6) are undefeated. Foster is 9-3 at No. 2, and Kinder is 10-2 at No. 5.