The Watauga High women's tennis team defeated Greensboro-Page in the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 4A State Dual Team Playoffs at the WHS Tennis Courts The Pioneers advanced
by doubling up the Pirates, 6-3. The Pioneers (15-0) will play Pfafftown-Reagan in a second-round match next Tuesday, October 23 at home. Reagain (11-3) is the No.2 seed from the Central Piedmont 4A Conference. The Pioneers defeated Reagan 5-4 in Boone back on August 21.
And the Pioneers, like they've done so many times this season, defeated the Pirates (14-4) thanks to a strong effort from their lower-seeded players. After Meredith Smith and Hannah Petersen were defeated at No.1 and 2 singles, respectively, the Pioneers bounced back with three consecutive wins by Nicole Fox at No.3, Emily Burwell at No.4, and Kelsi Kanoy at No.5 singles to take a 3-2 lead.
The Pioneers put the match away by sweeping doubles. Smith and Fox teammed up for a 7-5 tie breaker win at No.1 doubles; Petersen and Burwell had a 10-2 win at No.2 doubles to seal the match.
"The girls played amazing, but it all came down to the doubles," WHS coach Anna DeChellis said. "Petersen and Burwell won their match quickly, and it was down to 1st and 3rd doubles to pull off a win. Kanoy and Davison hung on to their lead to win it 10-8 by putting them away at the net. Smith and Fox came back from behind in the beginning of the match to tie it up 10 all. They fought hard in the tiebreaker and came out on top for a 7-5 victory. Their teamwork was tremendous and their patience was a key factor in the match."
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1st: Meredith Smith vs. Hannah Templeton 1-6, 1-6 LOSS
2nd: Hannah Petersen vs. Elizabeth Ansari 5-7, 0-6 LOSS
3rd: Nicole Fox vs. Sabrina Meadows 6-3, 6-2 WIN
4th: Emily Burwell vs. Sam Grimm 6-0, 6-0 WIN
5th: Kelsi Kanoy vs. Elizabeth Brewington 4-6, 6-0, 10-8 WIN
6th: Annika Davidson vs. Allie Yates 3-6, 2-6 LOSS
1st: Smith/Fox vs. Templeton/Meadows 10-10 Tiebreaker 7-5 WIN
2nd: Petersen/Burwelll vs. Ansari/Brewington 10-2 WIN
3rd: Davidson/Kanoy vs. Elena Andia/Erin Jackson 10-8 WIN
HARTSELL CAPTURES NW3A/4A CROWN
Abbey Hartsell of the Alexander Central High women's golf team captured Northwestern 3A/4A Conference medalist honor by shooting a 34 on her home course Tuesday afternoon in Taylorsville. Hartsell, who dethroned last year's champion, Savanna wood of Watauga, nosed out Wood by three strokes at the Brushy Mountain Golf Club. Hartsell finished with a 177 to pace the field this season; Wood finished 13-shots back with a 190.
The Cougars, who nailed down the conference title Monday at Orchard Hills, bested the field on Tuesday with a 118. South Caldwell finished a distant second, 13 shots back, with a 131. WHS was third with a 137. The Spartans also captured the No.2 seed among the Class 4A schools in the field. South Caldwell finished second with a team score of 837; WHS finished third with an 858.
Mary Seramur had a 49; Rebekah Shoemake had a 51; Tasha Wilson had a 54; Spencer Townsend had a 62 to round out the scoring for WHS. Wood, Seramur, Wilson and Shoemake will represent WHS at the NCHSAA Class 4A Western Regional at the Brushy Mountain Golf Club in Taylorsville next Monday, October 22.
CORRECTION: It was reported yesterday that the Pioneers were chasing South Caldwell for the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools in the league. The Pionneers were actually aiming their sights on the No.2 seed. Alexander Central, the overall league champion, is also the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools.
Alexander Central 118
South Caldwell 131
St. Stephens 155
Medalist: Abbey Hartsell, ACHS 34
Savanna Wood 37
Mary Seramur 49
Rebekah Shoemake 51
Tasha Wilson 54
Spencer Townsend 62
PIONEERS CRUSH HIBRITEN ON SENIOR NIGHT
The Watauga High volleyball team closed out regular season play by crushing Hibriten in a three-game sweep, 25-9, 25-6, 25-5 on Senior Night at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The Pioneers (15-11 overall; 10-2 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) were led by Kristen Carter, who had 32 assists and six service aces; Rebecca Hays had 14 kills and six aces; Channing Hagaman had 16 kills.
The JV team won its match in two games, 25-14, 15-19. Sarah Combs paced WHS with 15 assists; Kinley McCoury had six kills. The state playoffs pairings come out Thursday. The Pioneers, the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools in the NW3A/4A Conference, will open the state playoffs at home against the No.5 seed from the I-Meck Conference on Saturday.
Watauga Varsity defeated Hibriten
25-9, 25-6, 25-5
Kristen Carter 32 assist, 6 aces
Rebecca Hayes 14 kills, 6 aces
Channing Hagaman 16 kills
Meredith Hayes 3 blocks, 4 kills
Ashlyn VanDyke 3 aces
Emily Hinshaw 4 aces
Watauga JV Volleyball defeated Hibriten
Sarah Combs 15 assists
Kinley McCoury 6 kills
Blake byrd 4 kills
Makenzie Presnell 6 digs
Bridget McKinney 6 aces
WHS CROSS COUNTRY @ NW3A/4A CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP, LENIOR
WHS MEN'S SOCCER @ SOUTH CALDWELL, 5 P.M.
WATAUGA MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL @ EAST McDOWELL, 4:30 P.M.