Tennis team suffers first loss in first playoff round
Published 9:50 am Thursday, October 27, 2022
By Brian Pitts
Davie’s tennis team went down 6-0 in the first round of the 4-A dual team playoffs, but coach Collin Ferebee’s girls offered a silver lining.
“The girls played hard,” he said after the home loss to Ardrey Kell on Oct. 19. “Everyone gave it their best shot. We just got beat.”
The Knights’ lineup won by 6-3, 6-3; 6-1, 6-2; 6-0, 6-4; 6-0, 6-2; 6-1, 6-2; and 6-3, 6-0. It was their ninth shutout of the season as they upped their record to 14-4 after finishing second in the conference to Myers Park.
“Two of their losses are to Myers Park, who will probably win the state championship,” Ferebee said. “We were in the matches. We went to deuce a bunch of times. But they have six players who play tournaments all the time, and they just knew how to close those points out.”
It was another banner season for the War Eagles, who went 14-1 for the second year in a row. This was their first loss since a 5-4 decision against Grimsley in the first round of the 2021 playoffs.
“We had two real goals this year,” he said. “One was to repeat as champions; we did that. The second was to repeat as undefeated champions; we did that. The third was to do what we could do in the playoffs. We didn’t win, but we played better than last year. That’s an improvement and we’ll keep building on that.”
Sophomore Elliot Newsome went 10-3 at No. 1 singles. Senior Karlie Quinn went 11-1 at two. Junior Tru Koren went 11-3 at three. Senior Sarah West Marklin went 10-6 at four. Senior Leslie Newsom went 12-2 at five. And freshman Bailey Aderhold went 12-3 at six.
Two doubles teams competed in the Midwest Regional at Cox Mill on Oct. 21. Newsome/Newsom went 1-1, winning 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 over Lake Norman in the first round and losing 6-0, 6-0 to the event champions from Page in the quarterfinals. They had a season record of 13-2.
Quinn/Koren lost 6-0, 6-2 to a Lake Norman pair in the first round, closing their season with an 11-3 record.