Cary came into Holly Springs and breezed through its match with the Golden Hawks with an overwhelming 8-1 victory Thursday. The Imps took two out of three of the double matches and swept the singles matches.
Holly Springs’ Grant Miller and Siddharth Vasisht defeated Cary’s Lawrence Friedland and Damien Gilbaud 8-5 for their first and only win of the day.
It was all Cary (3-3, 2-3) from there on. The Golden Hawks fell to 1-4 (1-4).
“We need to make sure that we’re competing every second, whether that’s in practice in or through every point,” Holly Springs coach Brandon Rhodes said. “We need to make sure that we’re not getting down on ourselves and not costing ourselves points, games, and sets and we’re giving a 100 percent always.”
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Cary’s Noah Jabusch and Dylan Ramey swept Chris Gold and Hunter Chaney 8-0, while Cary’s Liam Martin and Cameron Friedland were able to finish out the doubles with an 8-6 victory over Drew Gay and Mike Papi.
“I’m really proud of them, we’ve been really working hard… practicing a lot on footwork, making better shots, and conditioning,” Cary coach Janet Trotter said. “I’m very pleased with the way they’re playing, and they’re playing a step above from last year and with more confidence.”
Cary’s Lawrence Friedland was able to take care of Holly Springs’ all-time win leader Grant Miller by sweeping the first set 6-0, then completing the match with a 6-2 win.
“I just stayed focused on my game and did what I needed to do,” Friedland said. “We’re just going to take one match at a time and focus on what we’ve learned in practice, mostly foot work and consistency and fight in every match. “
In other singles matches, Cary’s Gilbaud defeated Gold 6-1, 6-0. Ryan Coman defeated Vasisht in two sets 6-2, 6-2 and Martin beat Graham Carter 6-3, 6-1.
It was a battle between Jabusch and Gay as Holly Springs’ Gay took the first set 6-3, while Jabusch won the second 6-3, but Jabusch was able prevail in tiebreaker with a 10-3 victory.
Ramey defeated Papi in the last of the single matches by winning 6-2, 6-3.
One of the big things Trotter preached on was her teams’ consistency.
“We’ve had to work really hard at building teams and we’re still in the process of that,” Trotter said. “I have a lot of young players… everybody you see here is pretty much going to be here next year.”