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Laney 9     New Hanover 0

Laney clinched the regular season Mideastern Conference Championship following a 9-0 sweep against New Hanover on Thursday.

Erin Nesselroade. Photo courtesy Rodney Williams
Erin Nesselroade. Photo courtesy Rodney Williams

The Bucs have been led all year by a trio of seniors, including Suzie Schoofield, Erin Nesselroade and Anna Rae Porcelli, who represent the top three players in Laney’s lineup.

Jessica Tucker and Sydney Young also show depth in the rotation for Coach Beau Summersill on Thursday with a pair of triumphs after both rallied to victories in a three-set tiebreaker. Tucker defeated Sophia Retchin 2-6, 6-4 (10-3), while Young beat Ashlie Atento 3-6, 6-4 (10-8) The duo also teamed up for an 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.

The blue and gold are one win away from going unbeaten against their league opponents, while fashioning a 9-2 overall mark.

Singles: No. 1 Erin Nesselroade (L) def. Kate Thompson (NH) 6-4, 6-1; No. 2 Suzie Schoolfield (L) def. Sydnee Grill (NH) 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 Anna Porcelli (L) def. Louise Stephenson (NH) 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 Kendall Hanks (L) def. Anna Catherin Lloyd 6-1, 6-2; No. 5 Jessica Tucker (L) def. Sophia Retchin 2-6, 6-4 (10-3); No. 6 Sydney Young (L) def. Ashlie Atento (NH) 3-6 6-4(10-8)

Doubles: Nessleroade/Porcelli (L) def. Thompson/Grill(NH)  8-1; No. 2 Schoolfield/Hanks (L) def. Stephenson/Lloyd (NH) 8-2; Tucker/Young (L) def. Mimi Hearne/Carly Carter (NH) 8-0

Topsail 9     Ashley 0

Topsail cruised to a 9-0 win over Ashley to grab their second victory in as many days and will have the top seed among 3A schools in the split Mideastern Conference.

Xueyang Li and Elvia Parra dropped just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 result at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, while Sarah Major captured a straight set 6-0, 6-0 win on court No. 6. Caroline Harris and Carmen Jordan also moved to 11-1 overall in doubles play with their 8-0 sweep as Topsail’s top tandem.

Singles: No. 1 Carmen Jordan (T) def. Julia Koff (A) 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Caroline Harris (T) def. Dani Shrilla (A) 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Xueyang Li (T) def.  Bridget Donovan (A) 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 Sierra DoughertyLi (T) def. Aleah Baker (A) 6-2, 6-1; No. 5 Elvie Parra (T) def. Laura Overby (A) 6-0 6-1; No. 6 Sarah Major (T) def. Skylar Bass (A) 6-0 6-0

Doubles: No. Jordan/Harris (T) def. Koff Baker (A) 8-0; No. 2 Li/Parra(T) def. Shrilla/Donavan (A) 8-1; No. 3 Dougherty/Major (T) def. Overby/Brianna Conliffe (A) 8-0

Caroline Harris. Photo courtesy- Topsail tennis.
Caroline Harris. Photo courtesy- Topsail tennis.

 Topsail 6    New Hanover 3 (Wednesday)

Topsail carried a two-point advantage heading into doubles action when Carmen Jordan and Caroline Harris clinched the match with an 8-0 victory as the Pirates grabbed a 6-3 win against New Hanover.

Jordan also captured a 6-0, 6-4 straight set result over Kate Thompson at No. 1 singles, while Harris dropped just one game on No. 2 court. Stephanie Athanas also overcame a one-set deficit to rally for a 0-6, 7-5(10-6) triumph and Elvie Parra gave Topsail a 4-2 edge following a three-set tiebreaker to close individual play at No. 6.

Singles: No. 1 Carmen Jordan (T) def.  Kate Thompson (NH) 6-0 6-4; No. 2 Caroline Harris (T) def. Sydnee Grill (NH) 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Stephanie Athanas (T) def. Louise Stephenson (NH) 0-6, 7-5(10-6); No. 4 Anna Catherine Lloyd (NH) def. Xueyang Li (T) 6-3, 7-6(7-5); No. 5 Sophia Retchin. (NH) def. Sierra Dougherty (T) 6-1, 5-7 (10-8); No. 6 Elvie Parra (T) def. Ashley Ateno (NH) 4-6 7-5 (10-6)

Doubles: No. 1 Jordan/Harris (T) def. Grill/Stephenson (NH) 8-0; No. 2 Thompson/Mimi Hearn (NH) def. Athanas/Li 8-2; No. 3 Dougherty/Sarah Major (T) def. Lloyd/Carly Carter (NH) 8-6