By Mike London
SALISBURY — Salisbury ladies tennis coach Milton Griffith was complimentary after an enormous highway victory and mentioned Carson was positively the strongest workforce his ladies have confronted.
Salisbury nonetheless received 8-1 on Thursday in a non-conference matchup of unbeaten squads, which says rather a lot about how good the Hornets are this 12 months.
“Carson has an excellent workforce — we play some good groups in our league ( the 2A Central Carolina Convention), however I imagine Carson would beat Oak Grove 8-1,” Griffith mentioned. “This wasn’t a kind of fast matches, the place we’re out and in. This was an extended, laborious match. Carson performed. We performed. Our ladies had been superb at present, even with fairly horrible warmth.”
The scorching climate in all probability value Salisbury a 9-0 sweep. Sophomore Kate Burton was on her strategy to successful a detailed match at No. 5 singles, up 6-4, 3-2, when she collapsed from the warmth. She needed to default to Carson senior Alison Sloop, who remained undefeated.
Different aggressive singles wins for the Hornets (9-0) got here at No. 2 the place SHS senior Meredith Burton beat Carson senior Carleigh Perry 6-4, 6-2 and at No. 6 singles the place Salisbury sophomore Abbey Lawson outlasted Carson sophomore Bree Whittington 6-4, 6-4.
“A extremely good match at 2 and the woman at 6 for Carson was a brick wall,” Griffith mentioned. “The ball simply stored coming again.”
It was the primary singles lack of the season for each Perry and Whittington.
Salisbury’s Lillie Rusher, who made All-State in soccer this week, performs No. 1 for the Hornets. She received 6-0, 6-1 in opposition to Carson’s Lindsey Conrad in one other matchup of seniors. Rusher’s solely loss this season has been to Oak Grove phenom Jessica Fuchs.
Salisbury freshman Millie Wymbs received 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles in opposition to Carson senior Colbie Perry.
At No. 4, Salisbury junior Abby Campion received 6-3, 6-2 over Carson junior Riley Isley.
Carson’s robust swimsuit is doubles, however Salisbury received these matches, as properly.
Rusher teamed with Meredith Burton for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles over Conrad and Carleigh Perry. Rusher/Burton is an undefeated doubles workforce. The Conrad/Perry workforce is now 7-2.
The workforce of Campion and Wymbs prevailed 8-2, handing Carson’s Isley and Sloop their first lack of the season at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 3 doubles, Ellison Frick stepped in for Kate Burton. Frick teamed with Lawson for an 8-5 victory in opposition to the unit of Colbie Perry and Whittington.
COVID shortened this tennis season and eradicated the twin workforce playoffs solely, so Thursday’s matchup was one of many dates each groups had circled on the calendar.
“Not having twin workforce is unlucky as a result of most positively we’ve a workforce that had an opportunity,” Griffith mentioned. “Not having playoffs has made us goal issues in a different way. These ladies have been disadvantaged of plenty of issues, however we’ve stored the whole lot postive. We’ve centered greater than ordinary on getting the women prepared for the person regionals, and hopefully, the state.”
The seniors on each groups might be graduating Saturday.
Salisbury’s Senior Day is ready for June 2 when the Hornets tackle South Rowan.
“Lillie and Meredith might be alumnae once we play that one,” Griffith mentioned.
Coach Kayela Galloway’s Carson workforce nonetheless has two matches left.
Senior Day is June 1 when the Cougars tackle West Rowan. On June 4, Carson (8-1) might be enjoying at South Iredell in a key match that can decide if the Cougars are outright champs or co-champs within the North Piedmont Convention.