Tennis win streak ends

Published 9:40 am Thursday, October 11, 2018

Davie rediscovered tennis mortality and tumbled off its perch when the War Eagles hosted Reagan on Oct. 3.

The Raiders ended Davie’s regular-season winning streak at 16, putting the teams in a tie for first heading into the final week of the regular season.

Two days earlier, Davie breezed 9-0 at East Forsyth. Laura Becker (6-0, 6-0), Sierra Foster (6-0, 6-0), Amanda Ngo (6-0, 6-0), Emery Rosenbaum (6-2, 6-1), Aisulu Ball (6-2, 6-0) and Ava Montebello (6-2, 6-3) handed East its fourth 9-0 loss in two weeks.In doubles, Ball/Megan Cash (8-4), Eliza Smith/Laura Newsom (8-3) and Lauren Warlick/Whitney DeLoach (8-0) wrapped up Davie’s third 9-0 win of the season.


When Davie and Reagan met in Pfafftown on Sept. 20, Davie prevailed 5-4, but it was not a skinny point. Davie whipped the Raiders in those five spots.

But alas, Reagan flipped its second and third seeds for the rematch in Mocksville and Davie tripped 6-3 for its first regular-season loss since falling 5-4 to Reynolds on Sept. 26, 2017.

On Sept. 20, Foster beat Niya Grant 6-4, 6-1 and Ngo beat Meghan Cluskey by the same scores. This time Cluskey beat Foster and Grant beat Ngo. Reagan (14-1, 9-1 Central Piedmont Conference) ran its winning streak to six, a run that began immediately after the loss to Davie. The loss dropped the War Eagles to 11-1 overall.

“Two and three flipped, and rightfully so,” coach Collin Ferebee said. “The two was better. I wasn’t upset at all with what happened there.”

It was business as usual for No. 1 Becker (6-0, 6-1), No. 3 Ngo (6-0, 6-4) and Becker/Rosenbaum (8-6). Becker moved to 11-0, Ngo to 12-0 and Becker/Rosenbaum to 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 singles, Foster (11-1) suffered the first loss of her senior year. The scores were 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.

“It was a really, really close match,” Ferebee said. “The score in the second set was 6-0, but that doesn’t reflect the actual match at all. It was like in football. You might lose 35-7 but you had two fumbles on the goal line and it should have been 28-21.”

Ferebee of proud of Rosenbaum’s effort in a 6-4, 6-0 loss at No. 4.

“Emery played incredibly well,” he said. “She did exactly what she needed to. She was right there with her trading games in the first set. She still played well in the second set. It’s just the other girl would hit one more shot.”

Ball battled sickness and a fierce opponent at No. 5, losing 6-1, 6-0. Reagan carried a 4-2 edge to doubles.

“Aisulu was quite sick during the second part of the match,” he said. “She was not moving well. But she stayed out there and fought.”

With Davie needing to sweep doubles, Ferebee had to get creative at Nos. 2-3 doubles. Foster/Montebello and Ngo/Ball paired up for the first time all season. Both teams lost by 8-2 margins as Reagan beat Davie for the first time since 2013. (Davie had a nine-match winning streak in the series.)

“I can’t fault the girls for their effort. Nobody quit,” he said.


The War Eagles obliterated visiting Glenn, 9-0, on Oct. 4 at Davie’s old home courts, South Davie. It was Senior Night for Ngo, Rosenbaum, Becker, Foster and Sydney Smith.

Becker, Foster, Ngo, Rosenbaum, Ball and Montebello all breezed to 6-0, 6-0 wins in singles. Becker/Rosenbaum (8-2), Foster/Ngo (8-0) and Smith/Elise Weidman (8-0) completed the shutout in doubles as Davie improved to 12-1, 8-1.

“All the seniors got a win on Senior Night,” Ferebee said.