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Only two upsets were posted in the first two rounds of singles and doubles in the 3-A Big East Conference girls tennis tournament on the Barton College courts Tuesday.
The doubles upset occurred in the quarterfinals with Fike’s Logan Adkins-Anna Blair Thomas spilling No. 4-seeded Caroline Carothers-Nora Satekova of Southern Nash 6-3, 6-1. Adkins-Thomas opened with a 6-0, 6-0 conquest of Northern Nash’s Paige Ward-Sarah Nelms.
In the singles quarterfinals, Rocky Mount’s Mary Katherine Broderick toppled No. 3 Nisaja Thomas of Northern Nash, 6-2, 6-2.
Advancing to the semifinals and earning berths to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional along with Broderick were top-seeded Grayson Tanner of Northern Nash, No. 2 Stacie Winner of Southern Nash and No. 4 Avery Rose Brown, a sophomore from Fike.
Brown, after a first-round bye, clipped Franklinton’s Brooke Pearce 7-5, 6-0.
Southern Nash’s Winner turned back Fike senior Rachel Boswell 6-4, 6-3. Boswell, in the opening round, outlasted Franklinton’s Grace Cottrell 3-6, 7-5, 6-0.
In doubles, the sophomore Fike tandem of twins Jena and Macy Hebbard drew the No. 2 seed and, after a first-round bye, blanked Hunt’s Faith Harris-Logan Hinnant 6-0, 6-0. Harris-Hinnant defeated Southern Nash’s Kaitlyn Cox-Brandi Curtis 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.
Hunt also got opening-round doubles wins from Anna Barnes-Autumn Hooks and Cara Moss-Bailey Hardison.
Claiming regional berths were top-seeded Caroline Broderick-Lauryn Clark of Rocky Mount, Fike’s Hebbard twins and Adkins-Thomas and No. 3-seeded Katie Moss-Carson Browder of Rocky Mount.
Semifinal and championship matches will be contested Wednesday at Barton.
3-A Big East Results
Caroline Land (Rocky Mount) def. Emma Albright (Franklinton) 6-3, 6-2; Brooke Pearce (Franklinton) def. Lesly Rodriguez (Southern Nash) 6-1, 6-1; Mary Katherine Broderick (Rocky Mount) def. Carter Gilliam (Franklinton) 6-0, 6-1; Rachel Boswell (F) de f. Grace Cottrell (Franklinton) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0.
Byes: (No 1 seed) Grayson Tanner (Northern Nash), (2) Stacie Winner (Southern Nash), 3 (Nisaja Thomas (Northern Nash), (4) Avery Rose Brown (Fike).
Tanner def. Land 6-1, 6-0; Brown def. Pearce 7-5, 6-0; Broderick def. Thomas 6-2, 6-2; Winner def. Boswell 6-4, 6-3.
Anna Barnes-Autumn Hooks (Hunt) def. Rachel McDonald-Olivia Wilson (Franklinton) 6-3, 6-4; Logan Adkins-Blair Thomas (Fike) def. Paige Ward-Sarah Nelms (Northern Nash) 6-0, 6-0; Cara Moss-Bailey Hardison (Hunt) defeated Ayshia Palmer-Kaileigh Lee (Northern Nash) 6-1, 6-0; Faith Harris-Logan Hinnant (Hunt) def. Kaitlyn Cox-Brandi Curtis (Southern Nash) 6-3, 6-4.
Byes: (No. 1 seed) Caroline Broderick-Lauryn Clark (Rocky Mount); (4) Caroline Carothers-Nora Satekova (Southern Nash); (3) Katie Moss-Carson Browder (Rocky Mount; (2) Jena Hebbard-Macy Hebbard (Fike).
C. Broderick-Clark def. Barnes-Hooks 6-0, 6-0; Adkins-Thomas def. Carothers-Satekova 6-3, 6-1; Moss-Browder def. Moss-Hardison 6-2, 6-0; Hebbard-Hebbard def. Harris-Hinnant 6-0, 6-0.