Croatan Rolls To Another Undefeated Week On The Tennis Courts With Wins Over White Oak, Swansboro | Sports


NEWPORT – Croatan continues to roll into the women’s tennis season after an impressive 3-0 week.

After an 8-1 win over West Carteret on Monday, the Cougars earned a 7-2 win over Swansboro on Tuesday, then shut out White Oak 9-0 on Thursday.

Croatan took his unbeaten game 9-0 on aggregate and 7-0 in the 3A Coastal Conference.

The club are currently on a 32-game league winning streak since the former 1A / 2A Coastal 8 Conference and are 49-5 overall in their last 54 appearances.

“The only thing about these girls is that they earned it the old fashioned way – they really, really worked,” said Croatia coach Jim Sheehan.

The longtime coach praised the work his team has done. Before knowing that the NC High School Athletic Association would spend last spring season on a modified sports schedule in the event of the coronavirus pandemic, Sheehan reported to the team on his usual June 15 to begin off-season training.

“We just kept hitting and playing until the spring, and now we turned around and did it again this fall,” he said. “And so some of these girls have been in the field nonstop since the summer of 2020, and it shows. They hit a lot more tennis balls than their opponents, that’s for sure.

The Cougars lost two games in a game for just the second time this season on Tuesday with a 7-2 win over Swansboro (5-7 overall, 3-4 in the league).

Grace Meyer outlived Annabelle Henderson 6-0, 4-6, 10-7 in the No.1 singles.

The other games were much less dramatic.

Marissa Falcone at No.5 and Gentry Straub at No.6 swept their respective opponents in business 6-0, 6-0.

Grace Blair beat Mia Lucero 6-1, 6-1 in the No.3 singles match, and Tayla Stathem beat Carolena Gongora 6-2, 6-0 at No.4.

Arianna Cope, who replaced Meyer at No.1, joined the rest of the top six in sweeping every singles match against White Oak.

“Grace wasn’t in town, so Arianna played number 1, and she played really well,” Sheehan said. “We are so deep. We have a number of kids who could play number 1 on just about any other team, and all of them will be back next year.

Croatan will then put his undefeated mark on the line on Tuesday at Dixon, who is tied with West Carteret for second in the conference with each of the league records 5-2. The Cougars won the first game 8-1 on September 16.

“It’s a big game,” Sheehan said. “We played pretty well against them last time around. “

Here are the results of the matches:

Croatan 9, White oak 0


# 1: Arianna Cope (C) beat. Milinna Sok (WO), 6-0, 6-0.

# 2: Tayla Stathem (C) defeated. Arianna Avila (WO), 6-0, 6-0.

# 3: Grace Blair (C) a def. Erica Dailey (WO), 6-0, 6-0.

# 4: Marissa Falcone (C) beat. Liz Hernandez-Lopez (WO), 6-0, 6-0.

# 5: Olivia fails (C) def. Samata Sok (WO), 6-0, 6-0.

# 6: Madeline Honaker (C) beat. Victoria Hernandez (WO), 6-0, 6-0.


No. 1: Marissa Falcone / Gentry Straub (C) beat. Milinna Sok / Arianna Avila (WO), 8-0.

# 2: Haley Hartman / Laura Phillips (C) beat. Erica Dailey / Liz Hernandez-Lopez (WO), 8-2.

No.3: Jill Chapman / Kara Marsh (C) def. Solomé Solin / Kaylyn Pageot (WO), 8-0.


Croatan 7, Swansboro 2


N ° 1: Grace Meyer (C) a def. Annabelle Henderson (R), 6-0, 4-6, 10-7.

N ° 2: Joëlle Wagner (S) beat. Arianna Cope (C), 1-6, 6-3, 10-6.

# 3: Grace Blair (C) a def. Mia Lucero (S), 6-1, 6-1.

# 4: Tayla Stathem (C) defeated. Carolena Gongora (D), 6-2, 6-0.

# 5: Marissa Falcone (C) beat. Peyton Eckert (D), 6-0, 6-0.

# 6: Gentry Straub (C) beat. Claire Bamber (S), 6-0, 6-0.


N ° 1: Annabelle Henderson / Joelle Wagner (S) def. Grace Meyer / Grace Blair (C), 9-7.

# 2: Arianna Cope / Tayla Stathem (C) beat. Carolena Gongora / Peyton Eckert (D), 8-1.

# 3: Haley Hartman / Olivia Falls (C) def. Mia Lucero / Claire Bamber (S), 8-1.

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