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Fike, Greene Central reach Wilson Cup finals 3rd straight year

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The Fike High girls tennis team bids for its fifth consecutive Wilson Cup championship when the third — and final — round is staged on the Barton College Tennis Complex courts Wednesday.

And for the third consecutive year, Greene Central will attempt to end the reign of the Lady Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference. The Lady Rams of the 2-A East Central Conference will be in quest of their first title in four tries in the tournament’s seventh year.

Fike. advancing into its sixth final, and Greene Central each posted a pair of victories when a pair of rounds were contested Monday.

While the Lady Demons and Greene Central again tangle for the championship, Corinth Holders opposes C.B. Aycock for third place; Faith Christian of Rocky Mount tests Greenfield in the fifth-place encounter; and the seventh-place match will match Hunt against North Johnston.

Corinth Holders, C.B. Aycock, Faith Christian and Greenfield each emerged with 1-1 records Monday, while Hunt and North Johnston failed to win in two tries.

In the opening round, Fike blanked archrival Hunt, 9-0; Greene Central shut out North Johnston, 9-0; Corinth Holders clipped Greenfield, 6-3; and CBA edged Faith Christian, 5-4.

In the second round, Fike bested Corinth Holders, 7-2; Greene Central clipped CBA, 7-2; Greenfield toppled Hunt, 6-3; and Faith Christian blanked North Johnston, 9-0.

Against Hunt, Fike’s Logan Adkins at No. 1, Sophia Meszaros at No. 2, Chandler Hill at No. 3, Cappa Hill at No. 4, Mary Thomas Watkins at No. 5 and Ashley Pendergrass at No. 6, all won in straight sets. Watkins and Pendergrass were making their debuts.

Coach Lee Matthews’ Lady Demons lost but two games in doubles.

Corinth Holders clinched against Greenfield with singles wins from Gianna Pettit at No. 1, Deonna Adams at No. 2, Mckensie Sawyer at No. 3, Aiyanna Pender at No. 4, Molley Slemmer at No. 5 and Aislinn Anne Brown at No. 6.

The Lady Knights rebounded for a doubles sweep, with Ryann Jennings-Jade Pridgen victorious at No. 1, Anna Beddingfield-Avery Williams triumphant at No. 2; and Maya Gerge-Mae Pridgen winners at No. 3.

Greene Central claimed a pair of tiebreakers in sweeping the singles against North Johnston. McKinsey Harper, Kristen Collie, Kaylee Hill, Sidney Ramsey, Alli West and Calyn Taylor posted the wins.

For North Johnston, Ariel Pearce, at No. 1; and Kacie Clark, at No. 6, each dropped third-set tiebreakers.

CBA of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference and Faith Christian of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A ranks battled to a 3-3 standoff in singles. Decisive for the Lady Golden Falcons were doubles wins from Karlyn Ray-McKenzie Millard at No. 1 and Abby Shackelford-Laney Reeves at No. 2. Ray, Millard and Reeves each notched a singles win.

Fike, in the second round, against 4-A Corinth Holders clinched with singles wins from Adkins at No. 1, Avery Rose Brown at No. 2, Chandler Hill at No. 4, Cappa Hill at No. 5 and Watkins at No. 6.

Winning for the second time for Corinth Holders was Sawyer in singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Adams-Pender.

Greene Central, the scourge of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference, wrapped up its second win with an 8-2 outcome from Collie-Harper at No. 1 doubles. Notching singles wins were Collie, Hill, Ramsey and Shayna Cox at No. 6. 

Emerging 2-0 for CBA was Millard at No. 2 singles.

Greenfield of the NCISAA 1-A ranks emerged with a 4-2 singles advantage against Hunt via winning efforts from Jennings at No. 1, Lee at No. 3, Beddingfield at No. 4 and Gerge at No. 5. 

Hunt’s winners were Cara Moss at No. 2 singles, Carolina Vasquez at No. 6 and Ali Parbst-Kaley Gesell at No. 1 doubles.

Coach David Anderson entered a completely different lineup in the second match for North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference. Accounting for the lone point was Madison Johnson at No. 6 singles.

Improving to 2-0 for Faith Christian were S.J. Butler at No. 3, Kirstyn Jones at No. 5, Molly Ess at No. 6 and the No. 3 doubles tandem of Butler-Jones.