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ROCKY MOUNT — One hallmark of a formidable team is finding a way to win during the inevitable stretches where a team isn’t at its best.
The Fike High girls tennis team did just that Wednesday night in remaining undefeated, using a pro-set tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles with Logan Adkins-Macy Hebbard to pull off a 5-4 victory over Rocky Mount.
Originally contested on Rocky Mount High’s campus, the Adkins-Macy Hebbard match reached a tiebreaker when darkness set in over the campus.
Thus, the coaches made the decision to travel five minutes to Sunset Park to play a tiebreaker that would determine first place in the 3-A Big East Conference. After warming up and losing the first two points of the tiebreak, Adkins-Macy Hebbard battled back to beat Rocky Mount’s Caroline Broderick-Lauryn Clark in the tiebreaker, giving Fike a critical win in the Big East championship chase. The Lady Golden Demons remain unbeaten through eight matches, three in conference play. Rocky Mount lost for the first time in four matches and slipped to 2-1 in league play.
Fike forged a singles split with the aid of third-set tiebreakers at No. 1 at No. 4 singles. At No. 1, Logan Adkins survived a 4-6, 6-2, 14-12 match with Broderick, while Avery Rose Brown navigated past Clark in another third-set tiebreaker to force the singles split.
Crucial, according to Fike coach Lee Matthews, was the Brown win in the No. 4 spot. Macy Hebbard’s 6-1, 6-3 win against Carson Browder at No. 3 was Fike’s other singles win.
At No. 3 doubles, the Lady Demons tandem of Rachel Boswell-Anna Blair Thomas disposed of Mary Katherine Broderick-Land 8-5 to help set up the decisive match at No. 1.
“It was a big win for us,” Matthews said.
Fike returns home to face Northern Nash on Thursday.
FIKE 5, ROCKY MOUNT 4
Logan Adkins (F) def. Caroline Broderick 4-6, 6-2, 14-12, Katie Moss (RM) def. Jena Hebbard 6-3, 6-4; Macy Hebbard (F) def. Carson Browder 6-1, 6-3; Avery Rose Brown (F) def. Lauryn Clark 4-6, 6-2, 10-3; Mary Katherine Broderick (RM) def. Rachel Boswell 6-2, 6-0; Caroline Land (RM) def. Anna Blair Thomas 7-5, 6-4.
Adkins-M. Hebbard (F) def. C. Broderick-Clark 9-8(4); Moss-Browder (RM) def. J. Hebbard-Brown 8-5; Boswell-Thomas (F) def. M.Broderick-Land 8-5.
Ladybirds drop Hunt 8-1
STANHOPE — Host Southern Nash spilled Hunt 8-1 in 3-A Big East Conference girls tennis action Wednesday, upping the Ladybirds’ record to 4-6 overall and 2-1 in league matches.
Picking up singles wins for Southern Nash, which swept doubles, were Caroline Carothers, Stacie Winner, Nora Satekoa, Katelyn Cox and Brandi Curtis.
Megan Tillotson notched the lone win for the Lady Warriors (2-6, 1-2 Big East) at No. 5 singles.
Hunt will visit Franklinton on Thursday while Southern Nash will host Rocky Mount as Big East play continues for both squads.
SOUTHERN NASH 8, HUNT 1
Caroline Carothers (SN) def. Faith Harris 6-3, 6-1; Stacie Winner (SN) def. Anna Barnes 6-1, 6-0; Nora Satekova (SN) def. Autumn Hooks 6-0, 6-1; Katelyn Cox (SN) def. Logan Hinnant 6-2, 6-2; Brandi Curtis (SN) def. Cara Moss 6-2, 6-2; Megan Tillotson (H) def. Lesly Rodriguez 6-3, 6-1.
Carrothers-Cox (SN) def. Harris-Hooks 8-0; Winner-Curtis (SN) def. Barnes-Hinnant 8-1; Satekova-Rodriguez (SN) def. Moss-Bailey Hardison 8-6.
Lady Bruins blank Nash Central 9-0
Host Beddingfield cruised to a 9-0 victory over Nash Central in a 2-A Eastern Plains Conference girls tennis match on Wednesday.
The Lady Bruins, now 4-4 overall and 2-1 in league outings, lost just six games in singles and doubles in the pro-set format. Beddingfield continues EPC play Thursday at Farmville Central, starting at 4 p.m.
NASH CENTRAL 0
Karissa Hayes (B) def. Lindsey Taylor 8-0; Sabrina Wasielewski (B) def. Sarah Radjail 8-1; Savannah Barberio (B) def. Krystal Sanchez 8-0; Alexis Hayes (B) def. Sarah Lamm 8-2; Brianna Hale (B) def. Gabby Saal 8-0; Cathy Nicholson (B) def. Emilie Agan 8-0.
K. Hayes-Wasielewski (B) def. Taylor-Radjail 8-1; Barbario-Hale (B) def. Sanchez-Lamm 8-2; Jaylah Moore-Abigail Garcia (B) def. Saal-Agan 8-0.
Firebirds doubled up by Rams 4-2
CLAYTON — Junior Carlos Garcia tallied both goals for the Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team in a 4-2 nonconference loss at Cleveland on Wednesday.
Garcia scored on an unassisted tally for the 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds (3-4-1), who trailed 2-1 at the half. Garcia’s other goal came off an assist by senior Eric Mendoza.
In goal, senior Brannon Price had 13 saves.
Southern Nash opens Big East play Monday when it plays host to Fike.
Panthers foiled by late SJ goal
KENLY — A late goal by visiting South Johnston was the only one of the match and handed the North Johnston varsity boys soccer team a 1-0 loss, ending the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Panthers’ modest two-game winning streak Wednesday.
Junior goalkeeper Jonie Moreno made nine saves for North Johnston, which dropped to 4-7-1.
“We had several good scoring chances but didn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” Panthers head coach Jody Edwards said. “I was proud of our team for playing hard throughout the game and displaying great sportsmanship, which I hope is a trademark of our team.”
The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Trojans departed 5-2.
North Johnston will host Clayton, also from the Greater Neuse, on Monday.