With Lakeside High School running roughshod over the county, Wednesday’s tennis match between Greenbrier and Evans was essentially to grab control of second place in Region 2A-AAAAA.
In the first of back-to-back matches, the Greenbrier girls and Evans boys got a leg up.
The Lady Wolfpack took care of Evans quickly, winning all three singles matches in straight sets, going on to the 5-0 win. In boys play, The Knights won two of three singles matches and cruised to a 4-1 win.
“It was a big win, they’re starting to feel more confident and comfortable,” said Greenbrier head coach Stefanie Basinger of her girls team, which improved to 6-1, 3-1 region.
The Knights’ boys (4-2, 3-2) took the early lead for second place which head coach Sarah Harrington thinks could be crucial down the road.
“It’s definitely better to have a higher seed,” Harington said. “It’s a little advantage when you go to the region tournament.”
The teams don’t have much time to process their matches as they square off again today in the second game of their home-and-home meetings.
Greenbrier (5-2, 2-2) No. 1 singles Alexander Kirov won his match over Cody Blanchard 6-1, 6-1, but that would be it for the Wolfpack as the Knights swept the rest.
Evans’ boys No. 2 Tim Arnette, who beat Tyler Jenkinson 6-1, 6-0, thinks the team can make some noise in the postseason.
“We’re not as good as Lakeside, but we’re a team that has a lot of potential to be competitive in the region and state competition,” Arnette said.
Dylan Parker finished the Knights’ singles matches with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Jonathan Francisco. In doubles, the Knights’ Jonathan White and Chase Manley took out Justin Smith and Brendon Steffes 6-3, 6-3 and Chase Kendrick and Kevin Lavin defeated Holden Ashley and Dayton Austin 6-7 (8-6), 6-4, 10-5.
Early in the second set of the girls No. 1 singles, Evans’ (2-4, 2-3) Jazmine Lawson had Greenbrier’s Morgan Taylor running from line to line, but Taylor answered each shot and eventually won the point, winning the match 6-1, 6-1.
“I owe that to athleticism,” Taylor said of winning the point, adding that she was starting to feel more in rhythm since making a transition from the basketball season.
No. 2 singles Lauren Batchelor defeated Anisha Harilal 6-3, 6-1 and Diane Klement defeated Stacey Vacekonis 6-0, 6-2. In doubles, Skyler Slay and Regan Harrison downed Lucy Oliff and Pauline Le Toullec, 6-4, 6-2 while Allie Overstreet and Meghan Dixon were 6-0, 6-1 winners.