Tennis team scary good

Published 11:28 am Thursday, March 12, 2020

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In the first three matches of the season, Davie’s tennis team was playing chess, while its opponents were playing checkers.

The War Eagles vanquished Statesville Christian 9-0 and 8-1 on back-to-back days. They overwhelmed Bandys 9-0. They have an elite freshman, Burke Rosenbaum, at the top of the ladder. He went 3-0 for the week, exactly what coach Shane Nixon had envisioned. But there are stars from top to bottom in this lineup. In fact, all six singles players went 3-0.

“We’ve made two good teams look bad,” Nixon said. “We’ve gotten great play out of every seed. Doubles has looked really good as well.”

In the 9-0 win at Statesville Christian on March 2, the wins came from B. Rosenbaum (6-0, 6-4), Luke Stillson (6-2, 6-3), C Crenshaw (6-0, 6-0), Jack Nixon (6-0, 6-0), Ben Fleming (6-1, 6-2), Cren Rosenbaum (6-0, 6-3), B. Rosenbaum/Crenshaw (8-2), Stillson/Nixon (8-1) and Fleming/C. Rosenbaum (8-1).

Davie faced the same Lions the next day, this time at home. The winning scores: B. Rosenbaum 6-4, 7-6; Stillson 6-0, 6-0; Crenshaw 6-0, 6-0; Nixon 6-0, 3-0; Fleming 6-0, 6-0; C. Rosenbaum 6-0, 6-0; Sammy Rosenquist/Bryce Bailey 8-4; and Mike Werbeck/Seth Hill 8-4.

Davie is 7-0 against Statesville Christian since the teams began facing off annually in 2017.

The War Eagles traveled to Bandys on March 6. The onslaught looked like this: B. Rosenbaum 6-1, 6-0; Stillson 6-0, 7-6; Crenshaw 6-0, 6-0; Nixon 6-0, 6-0; Fleming 6-0, 6-1; C. Rosenbaum 6-0, 6-0; B. Rosenbaum/Crenshaw 8-3; Fleming/C. Rosenbaum 8-1; and Nixon/Stillson 8-1.

“It’s a great way to tune us up for CPC play,” Nixon said. “We’ll find out quick how good we are. To win two of three on the road, to be 3-0, every goal we have is in front of us.”