Ferner captures individual title; Laney doubles dominate conference tournament

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The Mideastern Conference girls tennis tournament was held at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex on a sunny Thursday afternoon in Wilmington as Laney put up a strong showing to secure four of six spots in next week’s 4A regional competition.

From left-to-right, Kendall Hanks, Erin Nesselroade, Anna Porcelli, Suzie Schoolfield.
From left-to-right, Kendall Hanks, Erin Nesselroade, Anna Porcelli, Suzie Schoolfield.

Hoggard’s Kara Ferner captured individual honors with a first-place performance in singles play, dropping just three games over three matches. The number one seed cruised to a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins through the first two rounds of action and took home the trophy with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Sydney Young in the finals.

Young and Jessica Tucker both qualified for the regional tournament as the top three individuals and tandems move on. Tucker grabbed third-place with a 6-3, 6-1 result over Claudia Opper.

In the doubles draw, it was an all-Laney affair in the championship match between the top two seeds in the bracket.  Seniors Erin Nesselroade and Anna Porcelli claimed top spot with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Suzie Schoolfield and Kendall Hanks.

Hannah Marble and Lauren Traflet will represent Hoggard after claiming third-place in doubles with a straight set 6-0, 6-0 sweep in the consolation match.

The Bucs will have a top seed in the 4A dual tennis tournament beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 20 after clinching the regular season conference championship. Seeding and brackets will be released early next week by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

“It’s been pretty awesome to see the development of our players over the last few years,” said Laney Coach Beau Summersill. “This is the first class of seniors for me as a coach and I’m just fortunate to be able to see them progress. I knew that this year we’d be tough to beat. We lost only five courts in conference the entire season and it’s just a testament to how hard the girls have played. And now we’re sitting here at the conference tournament with my one and two doubles teams playing in the finals, with two more of our singles player advancing.”

Kara Ferner. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Kara Ferner. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

The 4A East Regional Tournament will be held Oct. 23-24 at Empie Park in Wilmington.

Singles draw:

Opening round– No. 1 Kara Ferner (H) def. No. 8 Aleah Baker 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Jessica Tucker (L) def. No. 5 Sydney Grill 6-1, 6-3; No. 6 Claudia Opper (H) def. No. 3 Kate Thompson 6-4, 6-2; No. 7 Sydney Young (L) def. Julia Koff 6-4, 6-1

Semifinals- No. 1 Kara Ferner (H) def. No. 5 Jessica Tucker 6-0, 6-0; No. 7 Sydney Young (L) def. No. 6 Claudia Opper 6-1, 7-5

Finals- No. 1 Kara Ferner (H) def. No. 7 Sydney Young (L) 6-2, 6-1


Doubles draw:

Opening round- No. 1 Erin Nesselroade/Anna Porcelli (L) def. No. 8 Overlay/Hayes 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Marable/Traflet (H) def. No. 4 Hearne/Retchin 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Stephenson/Lloyd (NHHS) def. Diab/Phelps 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; No. 2 Suzie Schoolfield/Kendall Hanks (L) def. No. 7 Shirilla/Donovan 6-0, 6-0

Semifinals- No. 1 Nesselroade/Porcelli (L) def. No. 5 Marable/Traflet 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 Schoolfield/Hanks (L) def. No. 3 Stephenson/Lloyd 6-3, 6-2

Finals- No. 1 Nesselroade/Porcelli (L) def. No. 2 Schoolfield/Hanks (L) 6-2, 6-4