With a critical match against Chapel Hill looming, Cedar Ridge’s defense of its Big 8 Girls Tennis Championship is off to a good start.

The Red Wolves put away Northwood 8-1 on Monday afternoon in Pittsboro. Ivy Garner improved to 3-1 on the season with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Sam Sparrow, who played for the Big 8 singles final last season against teammate Faith Peoples. Olivia Ward claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win at #2 singles. Kate Miler won at #3 singles 6-1, 6-0 over Sophie Cook.

Nora Sauers got a 6-2, 6-4 win over Korinne Fuller. Maddy Werner defeated Suzanne Earnshaw 6-2, 6-3.

Garner and Ward won the #1 doubles match 8-1 over Sparrow/Atkins. At #2 doubles, Milner and Sauers defeated Cook and Fuller 8-5. In #3 doubles, Brianna Cellini and Werner got a 8-5 win over Courtney Fisher and Earnshaw.

The Red Wolves improved to 3-1, 1-0 in the Big 8. Last week, they defeated Person 9-0 in its only match of the week.

On Wednesday, Cedar Ridge hosts Chapel Hill. Last season, the Red Wolves swept the Tigers for the first time in school history en route to the conference title and a trip to the 3rd round of the 3A state playoffs.

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