RALEIGH — Senior Andrew Waddell got the Caps started and freshman Blais Waters kept the momentum going as Broughton’s tennis team topped Millbrook 7-2 Thursday afternoon.
The win avenged an earlier 5-4 loss to the Wildcats, as Broughton, Millbrook, and Wakefield are battling for the Cap Eight Conference’s two state playoff berths.
In the first round of play, Millbrook beat Broughton, Broughton beat Wakefield, and Wakefield beat Millbrook, setting up a three-way tie at the top.
“This win is huge, really huge, because our conference is so tough,” Broughton coach Bill White said. “There are three teams in the Cap Eight who may be in the top six or seven teams in the state. Millbrook is a very good team.”
Battling at No. 1, Waddell topped Millbrook’s outstanding senior Chris Mahan 6-1, 6-1. Mahan, who is going to play at Appalachian State next year, won their match earlier in the season.
“Waddell played a great match today,” White said. “He’s a very smart player and we kind of rely on that senior leadership every now and then. He’s a senior and a captain and that was a big win to beat their number one player, it kind of got us going.”
Broughton then got singles wins from Taylor Boole No. 4, 6-1, 6-3, over Austin Cobb and from Campbell Stone at No. 5, 6-1, 6-3, over Tate Brandt. Millbrook’s No. 3, Logan Weber, topped Carlton Bunn 6-0, 7-5.
Millbrook sophomore John Karlawish tightened the match with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Patrick Longest.
The attention then went to court six, where Waters edged Millbrook freshman Michael Moody 6-4, 3-6, 10-7, in a match that finished in just shy of two hours.
Broughton then needed just one win in doubles, but swept the three matches for the final margin.
After the two automatic playoffs berth, there are also at-large berths, but Millbrook missed out on one of those last year and knows how important it is to finish in the top two.
Millbrook jumps right back into the fire Monday when the Wildcats face Wakefield.