Three weeks ago, Harnett Central beat Southern Lee in tennis by the narrowest of margins. In a match that was settled by two points at No. 3 doubles, the Trojans pulled out a 5-4 team win.
The setback dropped the Cavaliers to 1-4 on the season, but Southern has shown better form ever since that day. On Monday, they hosted Harnett Central for a rematch, and this time it was Southern that came out on top, prevailing 5-4 to even their season record at 4-4.
Southern actually dropped the 3 doubles again on Monday, but they didn’t need it after having split the singles and taking the first two doubles matches. The Cavaliers’ No. 2 doubles team of Anna Boone and Kate Jackson beat Sophie McLean and Morgan Jones 8-2, but the No. 1 doubles was a hotly contested showdown that decided the winner of the team match. Southern seniors Carmen Dominguez and Kelcee Ayers pulled out an 8-6 victory over Malaya McFadyen and Brittany Mills.
In singles, only two of the six matches were competitive. The top two were both 8-0 shutouts. Dominguez blanked McFadyen at the top of the order, but then Mills shut out Ayers at No. 2 to even it up. The Nos. 4 and 5 matches were much the same, with both ending up 8-1. Jackson beat McLean at No. 4, but Central’s Jones responded, beating Southern’s Joelle Blakely by the same score.
At No. 3 singles, Boone earned Southern’s third point with a hard-fought 8-5 win over Anna Vreeling. The Cavaliers had hoped to take a commanding lead into the doubles, but the Trojans’ Syniah McMiller even the score again with a 9-7 victory at No. 6 doubles over Mackenzie Deck.
Central scored one more point at No. 3 doubles, with Vreeling and McMiller beating Blakely and Kambell Beasley 8-3, but it wasn’t enough.
The Cavaliers also won an exhibition doubles match, with Deck and Yareli Lopez-Mendoza beating Lyanah Molyneaux and Valentina Cervantes 6-5.
Southern travels to Lee County today.