Asheboro, N.C. (August 16, 2018) – The Southwestern Randolph girls’ varsity tennis team improves to 2-0 on the season after a 9-0 win over Randleman.
Sophomore Natalie King was the only Cougar that was able to walk away with a double-bagel win over Kaylee Ballard in the No. 5 singles position. Even though King was the only one to come away from the matchup with one, other Cougars were on her heels.
Senior Abigail McNeill defeated Mei Zheng 6-0, 6-1 in No. 3 singles while sophomore Haley Epps ousted Catherine Davis 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot.
In the No. 6 singles match, freshman Kaitlyn Gainey won by forfeit over Kassidy Parson. Gainey won the first set 6-0 and was up 3-0 in the second set when Parsons started having heat-related complications and was forced to retire from the match. In No. 2 singles, senior Jessica Outen also won by forfeit after her opponent Madeline Akes experienced some of the same complications as her teammate Parsons. Akes took the first set 6-3 while Outen was making a charging comeback and was leading in the second set 4-3, after finding herself down early in the second set, when the match was called.
In doubles play, McNeill and Epps teamed up to overcome Zheng and Davis 8-2 in the No. 2 doubles position. King and Gainey started off with a commanding lead and never let up as they defeated Ballard and Parsons 8-1 in the No. 3 doubles spot. The Tigers forfeited the No. 1 doubles match as Akes was unable to return to the courts.
Southwestern Randolph will open conference play at home on Monday, Aug. 20 against Southern Alamance with action set to start at 4:30 p.m.