LAURINBURG — Southeastern Conference powerhouse Pinecrest handed the Scotland boys tennis team its first defeat of the season Tuesday, winning 9-0 in Laurinburg.
The Scots, who opened their 2016 season last week with a 7-2 victory over Purnell Swett, had no such luck against the defending SEC champions as Pinecrest swept the singles and doubles matches.
Aidan Temple took care of Shane Dubbs in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1. On court No. 2 Rook Meacham downed Thomas Hopkins 6-1, 6-0, and on No. 3 Will Bahner handed John Zhang a 6-1, 6-0 defeat.
In No. 4 singles, Jacob Nixon handled Nate Dubbs 6-0, 6-1 and on court No. 6, Pierce Strayer cruised to 6-1, 6-1 victory over Daniel Johnson.
Nyjel Collins-Jackson was Scotland’s top performer of the afternoon, winning five total games on court No. 5 against Jack Collins. Collins-Jackson stayed within striking distance for much of the first set before falling 4-6. In the second second, Collins created early separation before rolling to a 6-1 win to take match.
Scotland head coach Atondra Ellis said after the loss that matches like the one against Pinecrest can serve as a learning tool for her young and relatively inexperienced club. Shane Dubbs, a junior, is the only returner from last year’s lineup. The rest of the roster is comprised of several freshmen and sophomores along with two other juniors, Hopkins and Johnson.
A year after the now-graduated Robert Beacham served as the unquestioned leader of the team, the Scots don’t have any seniors currently on their roster.
“It’s a brand-new, young team,” Ellis said. “They’re enthusiastic.”
Scotland added a non-conference foe, Jack Britt, to its schedule and Ellis said the plan is to beef up its slate with similar opponents in the near future.
The Scots will battle the Buccaneers today in Hope Mills, then return home Thursday to play Hoke.
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