Many of the faces are different or in new places, but the results are the same for Clayton’s girls tennis team. The Comets are rolling early in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference season.
Clayton downed Garner 9-0 on Monday to improve to 3-0 on the season — all 9-0 sweeps of league opponents. The Comets’ victories over Harnett Central and Knightdale in the season’s opening week featured a combined games won score of 192-1 in Clayton’s favor.
Garner put up a much better fight, but the Comets still didn’t drop a set in the match.
Top-seeded Carmelle Joyner , a sophomore, beat Garner’s Nicole Root at love, 6-0, 6-0 and Maya Guha — the only senior on the Comet roster this season — handled Mandisa Ebri, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles.
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Junior Katherine Riley won over Tiamber Goode at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1.
Clayton’s Sydney Rushing, a freshman, and Stephanie Wilder, a sophomore, both lost only three games each in their respective two-set sweeps of Christine Wilkins and Montana Dare, respectively.
The No. 6 singles match saw Clayton sophomore Hannah Kellum take a 6-0, 6-1 win over Taylor Malm.
The Comets have won six straight conference championships and their league win streak ran to 67 in a row with the result against Garner.
In doubles play, Joyner and Riley were 8-2 winners over Root and Ebri. Guha and Rushing took an 8-1 decision over Goode and Dare. Wilder and Kellum won the final doubles match, 8-2, over Mary Agodde and Maggie Aldridge.