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After a week out of school and longer off the court, the Greenfield School boys tennis team could not withstand its undefeated 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference archrival Wayne Country Day School, which breezed to a 9-0 victory Wednesday on the Knights’ courts.
The Knights (4-3) and Chargers (12-0) were playing for the first time this season and, due to cancellations, Greenfield hadn’t been on the court since April 10. Head coach Robin Morrison said her team showed the effects of inactivity.
“Coming off of bonding trips, coming back for a week, having matches canceled and then having spring break — we’re rusty,” Morrison said. “With only six matches under our belt, while this was their 12th match, and it showed. The only way your players are going to improve is being on the court, but when you don’t have the time on the court it makes it very hard.”
WCD was dominant throughout the match. The Chargers won 8-0 in each of the first two doubles matches while Michael Greer-Cam Gerard rallied from a 4-3 deficit against Greenfield’s Carter Peele-Hanson Ngo to prevail 8-4.
The Chargers won all six singles courts in straight sets. Sophomore Frankie Peele played the toughest match of the six for the Knights as both his sets went into a tiebreaker. Peele lost 7-6(5), 7-6(5) to Max Young at No. 3 singles.
While the loss to the rival Chargers hurts, Morrison said it was important for her 1-A Knights to play against a team she thinks is the favorite for the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A championship.
“They all have to learn how to take something from it,” Morrison said. “Tennis is mental so you have to be able to go out there mentally. I didn’t do a whole lot of talking with my players today, and I wasn’t going to bring the hammer down because it wasn’t the time to do it. You need to be positive as a coach and hope your players pick up that same positivity — that’s how you win tennis matches.”
The Knights will see the Chargers again on Tuesday, April 30, but before that they will visit Lawrence Academy on Monday, April 29.
Wayne Country Day School 9, Greenfield 0
Sam Dively (W) def. McGuire Metts 6-1, 6-0; Alec Fritzinger (W) def. Cabell Metts 6-0, 6-0; Max Young (W) def. Frankie Peele 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5); Charlie Dees (W) def. Amz Hoffner 6-0, 6-1; Michael Greer (W) def. Will Powell 6-1, 6-4; Will Rose (W) def. Tommy Fulghum 6-3, 6-1.
Dively-Dees (W) def. Metts-Metts 8-0; Fritzinger-Young (W) def. Peele-Hofner 8-0; Greer-Cam Gerrard (W) def. Carter Peele-Hanson Ngo 8-4.