LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots tennis team will travel to Apex for the opening round of the state 4A dual team playoffs according to the brackets released Monday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Scotland earned a No. 2 seed with their 10-3 record and will play No. 1 Middle Creek (12-4) at 4 p.m. as the higher seed, Middle Creek will host.
The Fighting Scots haven’t advanced to the dual team tournament since 2011 under former head coach Jeanne Roller. The Scots lost to Millbrook in the first round of the tournament, 0-6.
The 4A dual team playoffs feature 32 teams, three from the Sandhills Athletic Conference, including Scotland. Pinecrest earned a No. 1 seed with a 12-2 record and will host No. 2 Green Hope (9-1). Lumberton (8-5) earned a wild card bid and will take on No. 1 Elon (15-0).
The winner of Scotland/Middle Creak will play the winner of No. 1 Panther Creek (10-4) versus wild card Hilly Springs (10-4) in the second round on Tuesday, May 8 with the higher seeded team hosting.
The Fighting Scots and head coach Atondra Ellis won’t change their team line up as junior Nate Dubbs with play first singles, fellow junior Hunter Edkins will play second singles while seniors Nyjel Collins-Jackson, Ryan Phillips and Sam Poage will play third, fourth and fifth singles respectively. The Scots will round out the singles courts with sophomore Nicholas Murphy playing sixth singles.
Dubbs finished the season with a 6-7 record at first singles while Edkins picked up one more win to finish at 7-6. Collins-Jackson ended his final season with a 9-4 record while Phillips and Poage both wrapped up their senior seasons at 11-2. Murphy finished his first varsity season with an 8-5 record.
Throughout the dual team playoffs the singles line-ups can not be changed, doubles line-ups will be submitted before each match and can be changed round to round.
Scotland will likely stick with their usual doubles line-ups with Dubbs and Edkins at first doubles, Collins-Jackson and Poage on court two and Phillips and senior Jason Kang playing third doubles.
The Fighting Scots will have one day to rest before traveling to Cary Tennis Center in Cary on Friday to compete in the 4A Mid-East individual state playoffs. Seeding will take place at 12 p.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m.
In the single’s bracket, Scotland will be represented by senior Ryan Phillips. In the double’s bracket Scotland has two teams — juniors Nate Dubbs and Hunter Edkins along with seniors Nyjel Collins-Jackson and Sam Poage.
Scotland was assigned to the 4A Mid-East bracket according to the NCHSAA and will compete against players from the Patriot Athletic Conference, South Wake Athletic Conference and the Triangle 6 Conference.
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