The St. David’s Warriors girls’ tennis team finished another perfect playoff run with a 5-0 win over Cape Fear Academy in the NCISAA 2A championships.
The Warriors came into the tournament as the No. 1 seed. After shutout wins of 9-0 and 5-0 over Trinity School of Durham and Gaston Day School, respectively, St. David’s didn’t drop a game in Saturday’s championship win at Barton College.
“We really focused on our doubles this year, and winning all three doubles in this match was key for us,” said Warriors coach Jennifer Crowder. “It takes a lot of pressure off in the singles when you’ve won three doubles.”
At No. 1 doubles, Beatrice Holding and Lindsey Munster defeated Alyx Copley and Lila Das, 8-1; Alice Holding and Brinkley Thompson edged P.J. Middleton and Madison Graham, 8-6; and at No. 3 Kathryn Haile and Madison Smith had a come-from-behind win against Laila Goudarzi and Katherine Drew Marapese, 9-8 after winning the tiebreaker.
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“The match today could have easily gone the other way had we not won three doubles,” Crowder said. “Our strength is in singles, but we worked hard in doubles, and it showed today.”
On No. 2 doubles, Crowder was able to relax her doubles teammates after they fell behind and their frustrations becoming more visible with every missed shot.
“Sometimes I think the pressure gets to the girls in matches like that,” Crowder said. “When (Thompson) came over, I told her to take a few deep breathes and calm down. She was able to turn it around. Our girls do well under pressure. They had several games where things didn’t go their way, but luckily they were able to slow things down and turn it around.”
The match was called after No. 1 singles Beatrice Holding and No. 3 Munster won in straight sets to clinch the five necessary points.
In the NCISAA 1A championship, also at Barton College, No. 1 seed Wayne Country Day School blanked No. 3 Trinity Academy of Raleigh, 5-0.
After sweeping doubles, 3-0, Wayne Country won the first two single matches, ending their finals match before the other single games finished.