Tennis team blows past East

Published 1:21 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

After losing two straight and four of five, this was exactly the type of match the Davie tennis team needed.

Davie whipped visiting East Forsyth 6-3 on March 25, which was a great way to go into spring break.

No. 3 Hayden Key (6-2, 6-1), No. 4 Brady Carter (6-0, 7-5), No. 5 Barrett Taylor (6-1, 6-1) and No. 6 Max Rappaport (6-1, 6-1) provided a 4-2 edge in singles. Taylor cruised while playing No. 5 for the first time, and Rappaport, a freshman, through his opponent while cracking the singles lineup for the first time.

Doubles wins by Carter/Rappaport (8-6) and Taylor/Sean Lane (8-3) finished off East. Carter/Rappaport were unfazed by moving up from No. 3 to No. 2 doubles, and Taylor/Lane had no trouble despite playing together for just the second time.

“Brady and Max are proving they can win, even moving up in doubles,” coach Shane Nixon said. “I’m very proud of Max.

“Barrett and Sean stepped in and got a nice doubles win. They are two outstanding young men playing good tennis.”


• The War Eagles (6-4 overall, 5-3 Central Piedmont Conference) have generally obliterated East since East joined the CPC in 2017-18. This was the 12th straight win in the series for the War Eagles, who have outscored East 98-9 during that span. This was actually the closest match the teams have had. “East has really improved, especially at the top,” Nixon said.

• The top individual records for Davie are as follows: Key is 7-3 at No. 3, Carter is 9-1 at four, Jackson Hepler is 7-2 at five and Taylor is 6-4 at five and six. In doubles, Carter/Rappaport are 8-1 at two and three.