After dropping the No. 1 seeds in doubles and singles, the Green Hope boys tennis team swept the remaining competitions to defeat Middle Creek 7-2 Thursday. The Falcons stayed one game behind Panther Creek in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference.
“(Middle Creek) is the next-best team in the conference, they actually did better (against) Panther Creek than us and we knew they were going to be tough,” said Green Hope team captain George Edwards. “We got the lineups right and everyone played well and this was really important. It motivates us even more to win out from here.”
Edwards won the No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-3) and paired up with Rohit Ghotkar to win No. 2 doubles 8-3.
Ghotkar also defeated Dean Zoglio in the No. 3 singles (7-5, 6-3).
“Since the Panther Creek (loss) we’ve been talking about how we wanted to play Green Hope tennis and the boys really stepped up today,” Green Hope coach Colin Fegeley said. “The bar is high for these guys, they’re a confident bunch and any year we think we can play for a state title.”
Middle Creek’s two-time state champion Nick Stachowiak played a part in both of the Mustangs’ two points, teaming up with Grant McGrew to win the No. 1 doubles 8-2 and defeated Ben Wayand (6-1, 6-1) in singles.
“He’s doing great and he’s really enjoying this last year with these guys,” Middle Creek coach Jeremy Cunningham said. “He’s a great example for (his teammates), they all listen to what he has to say. How he works and stays really professional about everything, they really learn from that.”
The bottom of the Falcons’ lineup shined, with No. 6 Matthew Whitney winning his singles match (6-0, 6-1) and teaming with Eshaan Javalkar to win the No. 3 doubles 8-0.
Javalkar won No. 5 singles over Alex Lycan (6-2, 6-2).
Vivek Ramesh took the No. 2 singles over McGrew (6-3, 6-2).