By: Corbin Ensminger Sports editor
October 10, 2013
LAURINBURG — Scotland already has at least two players assured of going to the regional tennis tournament after the first day of the Southeastern Conference tournament held Wednesday.
The doubles team of Leslie Floyd and Sallie Wegner reached the semi-finals of the tournament Wednesday and will play their next match today. Floyd and Wegner were the No. 1 overall seed for the doubles tournament so they did not have to play in the first round. They then defeated a Purnell Swett duo in the second round and won to reach the semis.
For this year’s conference tournament, which is being held at the Scotland County tennis center, there is a doubles bracket and a singles bracket. The top four in each automatically receive a spot in the regional tournament that will be held in Wilmington next week. The winner of the consolation bracket also gets to attend.
Scotland coach Michael Whey said the duo has a good shot at winning the conference when the tournament resumes at 11 a.m. today.
“I like their chances to win the conference. They will probably play both matches tomorrow against teams from Pinecrest so they’ll both be competitive but I like their chances in both of them,” Whey said.
Bella Whitehead and Makayla Gilmore also played for Scotland in the doubles tournament as the No. 13 seed. They opened up round one with a win over Richmond before falling to Pinecrest. They will play in the consolation bracket. Although they will face an uphill climb to reach the regional, Whey said any extra matches at this point in the season is a bonus.
The Scots had two players in the singles tournament as well. Camryn Ellis won her first round match against Maria Rosas 6-0, 6-0, before losing to Kali Strickland of Purnell Swett in the next round.
Anna Griswold played the longest first match of the day as she defeated Purnell Swett’s Nikana Oxendine in a match that lasted nearly three hours. During the regular season a tiebreaker is played if the players split the two sets. In the postseason, however, a third set is played, which extended the match.
Griswold moved on to round two after her marathon match, where she lost to Piper Davis of Pinecrest in two sets, 6-1 and 6-0.
Whey said the first day exceeded his expectations.
“It went very well. Even better than expected. Everybody, both singles and both doubles teams at least won one match. One doubles team already reached the regional and everybody is still technically alive to make it so we couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Whey said.