LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots tennis team played a pick-up match against South View on Friday and swept the Tigers, 9-0.
The Scots were scheduled to open Southeastern conference play last week against Purnell, but due to illness that match was moved to later in the month. Despite the windy conditions, the Scots managed to pick up a game against South View to keep fresh for this week.
“Both teams got experience playing in windy conditions, and sweeping the match gave us more confidence in our playing,” said Scots head coach Atondra Ellis. “South View won their conference last season, so we’re hoping that means we’ll be able to compete well in ours.”
The Scots swept the singles matches in impressive fashion, with all the matches finishing in two sets, expect for second singles. Senior captain Shane Dubbs easily took his first singles match, 6-1, 6-0 against South View’s Hunter Edkins.
Ryan Phillips had a tougher time in his second singles match, playing all three sets, against South View’s Tanner Burge. Phillips narrowly lost his first set 4-6 before regaining his composure to take the second set 6-3 before sealing the victory with a third-set 10-8.
Scots junior Sam Poage picked up a win on the third singles court in two sets, 6-3, 6-1 over South View’s Brandon McCann. Courts four, five and six were all two-set victories for the Scots as Nyjel Collins-Jackson, Nate Dubbs and Jason Kang all trumped their opponents. Collins-Jackson took his match 6-2, 6-1 while the younger Dubbs won his match in similar fashion, 6-2, 6-0.
Kang rounded out the singles victories with back-to-back 6-2 wins on court No. 6.
S. Dubbs and Phillips almost found victory in their doubles match against South View’s Edkins and Burge. The Scots duo made quick work of the Tigers winning the match, 8-3.
Collins-Jackson and Poage did a number of South View’s Brandon McCann and Trevor Andress, winning the match 8-1. The closest doubles match saw N. Dubbs pair with Daniel Johnson to take on South View’s Xavier Andress and Chase Pope. The windy conditions were a factor in the match, but the Scots stayed focused and were able to pull out the 8-4 victory.
The Scots move to 2-1 on the season while South View falls to 0-2.
The Scots open Southeastern conference play with a trip to Southern Pines today to take on Pinecrest, weather permitting, at 4 p.m. The Scots remain on the road Wednesday, March 15 and March 16 with matches at Jack Britt and Hoke. All matches are weather permitting, conference matches will be made-up but non-conference matches could be cancelled depending on each school’s schedule.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.