LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots tennis team picked up their second win in as many days sweeping Purnell Swett, 9-0 in Pembroke on Thursday.
After grinding it out against Jack Britt in their conference opener on Wednesday, the Scots remained on the road to face the Rams.
Scots head coach Atondra Ellis went with the same singles line-up throwing junior Nate Dubbs into the fire at first singles.
Dubbs played fifth singles last season, as he recovered from a concussion, and his older brother Shane, who graduated in 2017, had the burden of playing first singles and getting every team’s best player.
With first singles vacated, Ellis looked to the younger Dubbs brother to lead the team. Nate faced off with Purnell’s Jydor Locklear and picked up the two set victory, 6-3, 6-1.
Junior Hunter Edkins, who transferred from South View in the fall and has played soccer and bowling for the Scots, is currently playing on court two.
On Thursday, Edkins earned a win over Purnell Swett’s Jaron Cummings in two sets, 6-2, 6-3.
For the second night in a row, Scots senior Nyjel Collins-Jackson played three sets on court three. The team comedian played fourth singles last season and has since moved up to third singles.
Collins-Jackson faced off with Purnell’s Ben Brooks after a sluggish first set the Scots senior found himself down 4-6 before picking up the pace to win the second set 6-3. Collins-Jackson left no doubt in the third set with a 10-1 victory.
Scots senior Ryan Phillips, who played second singles last season, took on Purnell Swett junior Pacey Brooks on court four. Phillips, who generally plays three sets, picked up a rare two set win, 6-0, 6-1.
After playing third singles last season, Scots senior Sam Poage earned a forfeit win on the fifth singles’ court. Scotland’s Nicholas Murphy also earned a forfeit win on court six. The two forfeits gave Scotland the sweep of the singles matches, 6-0.
Ellis has also changed up the doubles pairings with Dubbs and Edkins taking the No. 1 doubles slot. Collins-Jackson and Poage, who were partners last season and advanced to the NCHSAA 4A regionals, retained their second doubles position.
Dubbs and Edkins dominated against Purnell’s Lockler and Cummings with an 8-1 victory. Collins-Jackson and Poage blanked Purnell’s Brooks and Brooks, 8-0.
The Rams also forfeited third doubles making it a clean 9-0 sweep for the Scots.
The win puts the Scots at 2-0 on the season and undefeated in SAC-8 play.
The team returns to Laurinburg for a three-match home stand starting on Tuesday against Hoke. The Scots welcome Seventy-First on Wednesday before playing arch-rival Pinecrest on Thursday. All matches begin at 4 p.m. at the Scotland County Tennis Center directly in front of Legion Park.
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]