War Eagle tennis cruises

Published 9:46 am Thursday, April 14, 2022

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After rare back-to-back losses, the Davie tennis team had no trouble getting back in the win column, winning 9-0 over Parkland and Statesville Christian.

At Parkland on April 4, the War Eagles breezed past the Mustangs’ six-man team. Bryce Bailey (6-0, 6-0), Jack Williams (6-1, 6-0) and Aidan Froelich (6-0, 6-0) were the winners in singles. C Crenshaw/Barrett Taylor dominated 8-1 in doubles.

Davie’s other five wins were forfeits. Slade Keaton, Grayson Busse, Cooper Smith, Keaton/Hayden Key and Burke Rosenbaum/Sean Lane took the freebies as Davie improved to 7-4 in the Central Piedmont Conference.

“Parkland is really trying hard to put a team together,” coach Shane Nixon said. “Their coach deserves major kudos. She is a Davie County person and she is making a difference over there.”

Davie 9, SC 0

Statesville Christian brought a full lineup to Mocksville for a nonconference match on April 8, but it was still another easy win for the War Eagles.

“We missed on another one this week with rescheduling West Forsyth, so it was good to have this one on the schedule,” Nixon said after Davie improved to 9-4 overall. “I really appreciate coach Andrews bringing his kids over from Statesville. This was a good way to wrap things up before (spring break).”

Rosenbaum (6-0, 6-0), Bailey (6-0, 6-0), Williams (6-1, 6-1), Zach Hill (6-3, 6-2), Froelich (6-0, 6-1) and Keaton (6-2, 6-0) were the winners in singles.

“Injuries and other things keep making us adjust,” he said. “Today we were down another starter and another one of my guys stepped up. Statesville Christian is not a bad team. They are young, but they have some talent. My guys just played really well.

“I’m so proud of Slade. He stepped into his first ever (singles) start and played great. He got two wins today. Burke, Bryce and Jack all played against kids who know how to play tennis. This wasn’t just a walkover, and yet all three made it look easy. Zach got his first win (as a freshman). What a good thing for him. And Aidan keeps putting together a much better year (9-4) than anyone saw coming.”

Rosenbaum/Bailey won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles. Keaton/Key and Taylor/Lane recorded wins of 8-4 and 8-6, respectively, at the other doubles.

“Bryce stepped up to play with Burke (at No. 1) and they played together for the first time,” Nixon said. “Next year’s likely No. 1 doubles team looked good. We also got chances for some of our young guys to play, which again bodes well for the future.”