Even in a lopsided result, it’s possible for two Southwest Wake Athletic Conference boys tennis teams to feel good about the direction they’re going in this season.
On Thursday, Holly Springs handed N.C. Highway 55 rival Fuquay-Varina a 9-0 defeat. It kept the Golden Hawks (5-1, 4-1) on the pat towards its goal, which is to make the playoffs according to sophomore Grant Miller.
Miller won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles against Fuquay-Varina freshman Everitt Dershen.
“He played well. I play him sometimes at Sunset Ridge,” Miller said.
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The Hawks’ other five singles wins came from No. 2 Chris Gold (6-1, 6-3), No. 3 Billy Mitchell (6-1, 6-2), No. 4 Joey Amoroso (6-3, 6-0), No. 5 Kaelil Kilpatrick (6-2, 6-1) and No. 6 Kevin Kelly (6-1, 6-1).
Doubles teams of Miller-Gold (8-2), Amoroso-Kelly (8-4) and Chris Watson and Eduardo Schlotterhausen (8-4) also picked up wins.
“We’ve hung out a lot as a team together and bonded. I feel like we’ve been closer and more supportive and that’s why we’re doing well,” Miller said.
Fuquay-Varina coach Charla Parker said last season that her goal was to renew the school’s interest in the sport next year. The winless Bengals (0-7, 0-7) have four freshmen at Nos. 1-4 in the form of two sets of twins: Everitt and Ian Dershem play first and second while Curtis and Nolan Brugler play Nos. 3-4 (oddly enough, the twin pairs split up for doubles).
The Bengals have 22 players on the team including nine freshmen. In order to help the growth of everyone, the bottom 11-12 players practice with assistant Bill Brown when the varsity hits the road.
“I’m really pleased with what they’re doing,” Parker said.
Fuquay also played Dylan Laviska at No. 5 singles and No. 6 Jon Hill. Colton Laviska and Riley Pearson teamed up for No. 3 doubles.
“We’ve got a whole new top six,” Parker said. “The goal is to keep improving.”