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Jones wins flight at Downeast Jamboree

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SNOW HILL — Brayden Jones of the Lake Wilson Tennis Club Otters won his two singles matches at the No. 3 flight to win the division at Wednesday’s United States Tennis Association 12U Junior Team Tennis Downeast Jamboree, hosted by Greene County Tennis Association.

Jones eked out a 6-5 decision over Cole Mersman of GCTA Blue and blanked GCTA Red’s Bryson Warrick 6-0 to clinch the flight. 

Collins Pearson and Reagan Owens each went 1-1 at the Nos. 1 and 2 singles flights, respectively. Pearson was upended 6-3 by Anna Katherine Medlin of GCTA Blue in his opening match but salvaged a split by beating GCTA Red’s Sam Avent 6-2.

Owens opened play in the No. 2 flight by being clipped 7-5 at the hands of GCTA Blue’s Rylee Greene. However, she responded by breezing past Sawyer Gowan of Olde Porte Racquet Club of Swansboro by a 6-0 margin.

The doubles tandems of Pearson-Jones and Owens-Holland Ellis each finished third in their respective flights.

After going 0-2 in singles flights, Ellis paired with Owens and got a 6-1 win against GCTA Blue’s Mersman-Coley Dyer. Warrick-Parker Johnson of GCTA Red defeated Ellis-Owens 6-1 in the second match.

Lake Wilson was third in the four-team standings with 14 points, as GCTA Blue and Red patrolled the top two spots with 20 and 17 points, respectively. Olde Porte Raquet Club was fourth with six.

14U STATE TOURNEY

WILMINGTON — The Lake Wilson Tennis Club team produced a 1-3-1 showing during action at the USTA Junior Team Tennis North Carolina State Championship from June 12-14.

Each match was contested on the basis of total games won, with Wilson’s lone win coming in a 17-16 victory over Durham. There, Snyder Pearson and Hatten Gore produced 6-1 and 6-3 wins to put Lake Wilson up by eight entering the two doubles matches. A 6-1 loss at No. 2 doubles cut the margin to three, but Gore-Kathryn Adkins battled Durham’s Kevin Guo-Will Furman to a 6-4 loss on the No. 1 court, giving Lake Wilson the win.

In a 17-17 draw with Raleigh, Snyder Pearson won 6-3 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Caroline Adkins for a 6-2 victory at the No. 2 doubles flight. They also represented the only Lake Wilson victory against host Wilmington in a 22-11 loss, as the duo won 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.

Currituck stormed to a 24-6 decision in Saturday action. In Sunday’s 14-10 loss to Lake Myers, inclement weather shortened the matches to four games.

Snyder Pearson edged Grayson Upchurch 4-3 at No. 1 singles, while Hatten Gore-Kathryn Adkins eked out a 4-3 conquest of Gianna Borcich-Liam Chatten at the No. 1 doubles flight.

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