Scots tennis picks up third straight win

By Amber Hatten -

LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots tennis team picked up its third match in a row on Thursday. The Scots opened their conference schedule against Hoke County in Raeford and swept the Bucks 9-0.

Scots senior Shane Dubbs downs Hoke County’s Kaylon Diaz in two sets, 6-2, 6-4. His doubles partner Ryan Phillips have a longer night on court No. 2 battling not only with Hoke County’s Logan Clark but also an illness.

“He (Ryan) has been playing sick, but didn’t give up,” said head coach Atondra Ellis. “He lost his first set in a tiebreaker then came back to win the second set before winning the third set in a tiebreaker.”

Phillips and Clark tied in the first set 6-6 before Clark picked up the tiebreaker win, 7-4. Phillips bounced back in the second set to pick up the 6-4 win and win the tiebreaker in the third set, 10-6.

With Phillips worn out from his singles match, Shane Dubbs got a new first doubles partner — his younger brother Nate. The Dubbs brothers took on Hoke’s Kaylon Diaz and Gabe Williams in first singles action. The Dubbs duo picked up the 8-5 win to help the Scots sweep the doubles matches.

Sam Poage picked up a third singles win over Hoke’s Ryan Sellers in two sets, 6-4, 6-3. The other tiebreaker singles match saw the Scots Nyjel Collins-Jackson take on Hoke’s Logan Dubin on court No. 4. Collins-Jackson took the first set, 6-2 before Dubin stepped up his game to force a tiebreaker, 6-6. Collins-Jackson held strong to pick up the 7-5 tiebreaker victory.

N. Dubbs won his fifth singles match in two sets over Hoke County’s Gabe Williams, 6-2, 6-4. Jason Kang made quick work of Hoke’s T.J. Osorio in sixth singles action picking up the two-set win, 6-0, 6-1.

Poage and Collins-Jackson dominated the second doubles court against Hoke’s Clark and Sellers to pick up the 8-1 victory. Also earning an 8-1 doubles match win were the Scots Drew Monroe and Daniel Johnson over Hoke’s Max Chavez and Caleb Smith.

“We played well in the cold and the wind to pick up our first conference win,” said Ellis. “We are four matches into the season with only one loss to Union Pines, that speaks to the strong, consistent play from everyone on the team. This is a big improvement in play for us.”

The Scots are back in action at home on Tuesday as they host Lumberton at 4 p.m. On March 22, the Scots host Union Pines before traveling to Richmond on March 23 with both matches starting at 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.

By Amber Hatten

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