You can say one thing about the Watauga High girl's tennis team. Since 1996, the Pioneers have had several different coaches, but they've been a resilent group.
WHS has rattled off more than its share of conference championships. And the Pioneers clinched a tie for the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference title Monday night. WHS
clobbered Freedom 8-1 in Morganton. The win leads the Pioneers (9-3 overall) with an unblemished 6-0 record with one conference match left to play.
The Pioneers will host Hibriten on Senior Day Wednesday at the WHS Tennis Courts. The Pioneers wrap up the regular season at home Saturday in a non-conference match against Roxboro-Person.
WHS, riding a five-match winning streak, took control of the match by grabbing a 6-0 lead in singles play.
Meredith Smith led the way with a straight sets win at No.1 singles. Smith defeated Danna Huffman of the Patriots, 6-0, 6-0. Meghan Smith followed suit with a straight sets win (6-0, 6-0) against Olivia Noles. Kelsi Kanoy, Liz Clark, Savannah Copeland and Ali Maupin were also victorious in singles play.
Meghan Smith and Kanoy posted up an 8-1 victory against Noles and Hannah Kirksy in No.1 doubles; Fox and Annika Davidson won their match at No.2 doubles, 8-1 over Huffman and Aggie Beach of the Patriots.
Kylie Winklemann, Addie Hall and Deanna Indicott won their exhibition matches.
WATAUGA 8, FREEDOM 1
No.1 Meredith Smith (W) d. Danna Huffman (F), 6-0, 6-0
No.2 Meghan Smith (W) d. Olivia Noles (F), 6-0, 6-0
No.3 Kelsi Kanoy (W) d. Aggie Beach (F), 6-0, 6-1
N0.4 Liz Clark (W) d. Ashley Pouncey (F), 6-2, 6-0
No.5 Savannah Copeland (W) d. Tabby Pearson (F), 6-1, 6-4
No.6 Ali Maupin (W) d. Bailey Pitts (F), 6-0, 6-0
No.1 Meghan Smith/Kanoy (W) d. Hannah Kirksey/Noles (F), 8-1
No.2 Nicole Fox/Annika Davidson (W) d. Huffman and Beach (F), 8-1
No.3 Pouncey/Pearson (F) d. Sprague/Paige (W), 8-8 (7-1 tiebreaker)