East Chapel Hill’s lone loss so far this season in spring tennis tennis continued to recede farther and farther in the rear view mirror last week as the Wildcats won three straight shutouts at home.
East defeated rival Chapel Hill 9-0 Monday, then continued its long streak of consecutive PAC-6 wins by blanking Jordan 9-0 Tuesday and Riverside 9-0 Thursday.
Those made for five straight wins since East (6-1, 5-0 PAC) lost a 5-4 match March 16 at Millbrook.
“I feel like our play is much improved in the past week,” East Chapel Hill coach Lindsey Linker said. “We have finally gotten a break from weather cancellations and have had a chance to work on some things.”
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East’s Kevin Huang and Priyan Desilva went 3-0 last week, while Jack Devonport, Connor Lutz, Ondrej Drobny and Thomas Wang were 2-0. Vincent Xia, Graeme Zimmerman, Sid Sirdeshmukh and Evan Jiang each picked up a singles win for East against Riverside.
The thing Linker liked seeing most was a chance for her Wildcats to get out on the doubles courts.
“Losing five non-conference matches to snow and rain really hurt our ability to work on doubles, which is usually our strong point,” she said, noting that Millbrook’s 3-0 sweep of doubles against East was the was deciding factor in that match.
Chapel Hill coach Neil Alderman felt much the same about his team, which bounced back from Monday’s loss to 4A East to defeat two 3A teams – 9-0 versus Western Alamance and 5-4 at previously undefeated Union Pines – both of which are good enough that the Tigers (8-2) could see them again in this year’s dual-team playoffs.
Chapel Hill’s doubles teams swept Western Alamance (3-3) on Tuesday. And the Tigers’ 2-1 edge in doubles – thanks to wins by Bryan Zhang and Lucas Prata at No. 2 and Jared Weber and Patrick Dayton at No. 3 – proved to be decisive Thursday at (10-1) Union Pines.
“With the weather the way it’s been, we’ve only had four practices in between our matches,” Alderman said. “If you can’t practice, you can’t have a ladder. ... We’ve still got some of our top six (singles) who haven’t played each other.
“And we need to figure out our doubles. We’ve changed them multiple times, and their still not set yet.”
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