It took Panther Creek a little more than an hour to clinch a win over Knightdale on Tuesday in the first round of the boys team tennis playoffs.
The Catamounts (14-4, Tri-Nine No. 2 seed) won all six of the singles matches, eliminating the need to play the doubles round and giving the Knights a quick boot from their first-ever appearance in the team tournament.
Panther Creek coach Nathaniel Blalock said he didn’t know much about the Knightdale team (12-4, Greater Neuse River No. 1) heading into the match.
“We don’t get out here that often,” Blalock said. “We just knew we had to play our best tennis and I think we did.”
Catamount senior Eric Nagy picked up his 14th win of the season, defeating Michael Neely 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the team victory.
“Eric (Nagy) has really been a good leader for us this year,” Blalock said. “But all the way down our guys played well.
Blalock said he was especially proud of No. 4 singles player Carter Bradshw.
Bradshaw earned his 12th win of the season via a 6-1, 6-1 route of Knightdale’s Syler Guthrie.
“He played a good match today,” said Bradshaw. “He struggled a little in the middle of the season but really turned it around.”
Matt Fahys defeated Andrew Dickhoff 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2 while Henrik Lindvall beat Alonso Willis 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3.
Balaji Lenin won the No. 5 match (6-0, 6-1) over Garrett Munn, and Guy Blanc defeated Alec Root (6-1, 6-1) at No. 6.
Panther Creek will travel to Wilmington to face Laney in the next round on May 8.
Green Hope (18-0) quickly dispacted visiting Richmond County (14-5) 5-0 in singles play. The Falcons will host Garner in the second round this upcoming Tuesday.
Apex (14-5) traveled to Fayetteville Terry Sanford and pulled out a 6-3 victory, handing the Bulldogs (14-1) their first loss of the year. The Cougars wil travel to Raleigh powerhouse Broughton (16-3) this Tuesday in second round play.