Lake Norman’s girls tennis team gladly gave the doubles portion of its line-up the day off.
The Wildcats didn’t need any of that three two-player crews’ contributions following a 5-1, singles-only-secured victory over visiting Northwest Guilford during opening-round playin the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class dual-team playoffs.
The Wildcats, supporting their No. 2 seeded status, gathered in wins in all but one of the six singles showdowns to accumulate enough points needed to emerge a winner without the need of any of the three doubles duels to take place.
As is the case with all high school tennis matches, the first team to tally five points is declared the winner.
Lake Norman earned the right to host the first-round bout when squaring off against matching No. 2 seed Northwest Guilford based on owning a better season-long winning percentage. The Wildcats banged out wins in four of the singles sessions in straight-set fashion and withstood one that was pushed into a tie-breaking third set to prevent the issue from being stretched into doubles play.
For the Wildcats, gathering in team points included, in order of team rank, Samantha Beaver, Carlye Pieratt, Samantha Dunn, Julia Dow and Tyler Mizzie.
On one end of the scales, Dow was dealt just one game loss while both Beaver and Mizzie dropped just two games apiece during their two sets.
Meanwhile, Dunn split her first two sets before surfacing with a win via tiebreaker to add to the home team’s take.
The Wildcats, runners-up in the I-Meck Conference during the course of the regular season, advance to take on host and No. 1 seeded Ronald Reagan in round-two of the NCHSAA 4A dual-team playoffs scheduled to take place this week on the home courts of the higher-seeded entry.