By design, and for added comfort when being worn, the back of the jersey tops donned by the opposing members of Pine Lake Prep girls tennis team during the course of second-round play in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 1A dual-team playoffs failed to meet in the middle.
The Pride made sure that the visitors from Lincoln Charter Academy departed from Mooresville’s Cornelius Road Park tennis complex with something else less than fully intact as well.
Pine Lake posted wins in each of the six singles matches to deal the Denver-based LCA Eagles a 6-0 defeat allowed the Pride to move on into this week’s third-round play equivalent to the elite eight while handing the previously undefeated foe its first loss of the season.
With the win, in which for the second straight time in as many dual-team appearances none of the Pride’s the three doubles duels were needed to take place, Pine Lake hoisted its own still-spotless season’s record to the 12-0 mark upon extending its stay into this week’s statewide quarterfinals round.
After being declared as the official hostesses following a draw needed between the two No. 1 seeded and matching undefeated entries, Pine Lake — regular season champions of its PAC-7 Conference — swept the courts clean in singles to secure the favorable outcome.
In all high school tennis matches, the first team to tally five points is declared the winner.
PLP gathered in wins from team members Andersen Schubert, Hailey Frey, Kailey Patel, Sadie Ann Schubert, Sophia Taffet and Salem Matheson to keep the team portion of the season’s schedule in place.
Of that bunch, neither Andersen Schubert nor Taffet were dealt so much as a single defeat during their respective straight-set conquests, while both Patel and Sadie Ann Schubert dropped just one game each. Matheson prevailed in a points-based, third-set tiebreaker after splitting her two sets.
The success of the team coincides with that of several select Pride players as well.
Singles entry Andersen Schubert is being accompanied into the weekend’s NCHSAA individual 1A class finals by teammates and doubles partners Sadie Ann Schubert and Lexis Moyer, as well as Patel and Taffet for the competition that is being held at the Cary Tennis Park complex. That represents the final stage of play on a solo basis for the school’s players.
Pine Lake will next advance into the dual-team third round when matching rackets with fellow unbeaten entry Gray Stone Day. The two are among only three teams still alive in the bracket with unbeaten records. Another draw will be held to determine which entry will host the bout sending the winner into early next month’s West Region finals equivalent to the state semifinals. The match will be held Monday.