LAURINBURG — The Lady Scots tennis team shuffled around players as injuries and illness took their toll. With several players sidelined, the Lady Scots finished the week 1-2 with 0-9 losses to Jack Britt and Pinecrest sandwiched in between was a 9-0 win over Seventy-First.
On Monday, the Lady Scots hosted Jack Britt in a make-up match that had been rescheduled twice. Illness and injuries combined with Jack Britt being a more experienced team led to the sweep according to Lady Scots head coach Atondra Ellis.
“We were swept by Jack Britt. I don’t remember Jack Britt ever beating the Lady Scots since I’ve coached, so hats off to them,” Ellis said. “Rebuilding is a process and injuries and illness running rampant through our team didn’t help. We’ll get them next season.”
Lady Scots senior Cheyanne Strong struggled on court No. 1 against Jack Britt’s Anna Buzzard, losing in straight sets 0-6, 0-6. Sophomore Samantha Bowen had a closer match on court No. 2 against Jack Britt’s Natasha Benson.
Bowen won two sets in each of the matches, but Benson prevailed with back-to-back 6-2, 6-2 wins. Lady Scots junior Liza McIntyre finished with the same score on court No. 3 falling to the Lady Buccaneers’ Krishna Patel, 2-6, 2-6.
Lady Scots senior Karrigan Campbell fell in straight sets to Jack Britt’s Leoni Brown, 0-6, 0-6. In fifth singles action, senior Justice McCrimmon continued to improve her play on court No. 5 giving Jack Britt’s Lindsey Adams a run in both sets of their match. McCrimmon fell to Adams 4-6, 4-6.
Junior D’averia Johnson got the nod at sixth singles against Jack Britt’s Tahyoena Slyss. Johnson had the right idea with a number of her shots, but couldn’t finish falling to Slyss, 0-6, 0-6.
The doubles matches were a similar scene as the Lady Scots lost all three matches. First and second doubles fell to the Lady Buccaneers 5-8 while third doubles lost 2-4.
The Lady Scots rebounded on a day later sweeping Seventy-First, 9-0 in a marathon match that finished after dark.
“Third court doubles played until after 8 p.m., the match ended with the Lady Scots winning a tiebreaker,” Ellis said.
Injuries kept Strong and McCrimmon from playing in Tuesday’s match while cross country meant the Lady Scots were also without senior Kathryn Goodwin.
The lineup shuffle saw Bowen play first singles and pick up a 6-1, 6-0 win over Seventy-First’s Angie Castro while McIntrye jumped up to play second singles. The Lady Scots junior faced off with Seventy-First’s Tykariah Harper. McIntyre won her match in two sets, 6-0, 6-1. Campbell stepped up to play third singles winning in two sets, 6-4, 6-4 over Aaliya Smith.
Lady Scots junior Courtney Carter played fourth singles winning her match in two nail-biting sets, 7-5, 7-5 over Seventy-First’s Zarina Wren.
Johnson played a three-set tiebreaker against Seventy-First’s Sally Lamin, 6-0, 3-6, 10-5. Lady Scots junior Terrie Douglas got her first varsity singles start defeating Jessie Samiya in two sets, 6-2, 7-5.
The Lady Scots doubles line up looked just as strange — the only normal pairing was Bowen and Strong playing first doubles getting an 8-3 win. McIntyre teamed with Carter to win second doubles, 8-4. Campbell and Douglas played third doubles against Seventy-First’s Lamin and Kanessa Samiya. Third doubles played to an 8-8 first set tie and had to play a tiebreaker, which the Lady Scots won under the lights, 10-5.
The Lady Scots wrapped their week with a trip to Southern Pines to take on the Lady Patriots. For the second time this season, the Lady Scots were swept 9-0 by the conference leading Pinecrest.
Strong lost her first singles match 6-0, 6-0 to Pinecrest’s E.G. Landry. Goodwin returned to play second singles earning one point in her loss to Pinecrest’s Caroline Landry, 0-6, 1-6.
Bowen scored two points in her first set before falling 2-6, 0-6 to Pinecrest’s Maddie Arrington. McIntyre, Campbell and Carter all lost in straight sets, 0-6, 0-6 to their Pinecrest counterparts.
The doubles matches saw Strong and Bowen fall 0-8 in first doubles, Goodwin and McIntyre lost 4-8 and Campbell and Carter fell 3-8.
The Lady Scots move to 5-6 overall for the season and will be back on the courts Wednesday, Oct. 5 hosting Lumberton at 5 p.m.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.