Before the team’s first match against Eastern Alamance, Cedar Ridge girls tennis coach Lennie Corbett said he expected big things from his team. He wasn’t kidding.
On Tuesday, the Red Wolves laid down notice to the rest of the Big 8 Conference that they’re the team to beat this season, shocking perennial power Chapel Hill 6-3 at Tiger Tennis Courts.
Junior Kate Milner clinched the victory with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 victory over Rachel Thomas in #6 singles. Mitner improved to 8-0 on the season. She’s one of three undefeated singles stars for the Red Wolves.
Freshman Senera Sauers is now 8-0 after defeating Sarah Combs 6-2, 6-4 at #3 singles. Senior Hanna Spear grinded out a 3-6, 6-2, 10-8 victory over Megan Wu to maintain an undefeated record at 6-0.
Freshman Olivia Ward clinched CRHS 1st win by beating Haile Polsky in another three-set affair, 6-4, 2-6, 11-9.
Leah Thompson captured her match at #3 singles over Lauren Bolzan 6-4, 6-4.
By winning five of six singles matches, the Red Wolves captured the dual match before doubles play even started. Nonetheless, the doubles team of Thompson and Alana Lutz defeated Polsky and Wu 7-7 (7-5)
Cedar Ridge has now won six dual matches in a row. After opening the season with a victory over Eastern Alamance, they lost to Durham School of the Arts. They responded with victories over Orange, Person, Northern Vance, Eastern Alamance and Tuesday’s milestone victory at Chapel Hill, possibly the first time in team history the Red Wolves defeated the Tigers.
Cedar Ridge travels to Northwood on Thursday.