by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
DURHAM— The win streak continues for the Franklin Academy girl’s tennis team.
Victories against Riverside Martin High School and Voyager Academy pushed the Patriots overall record to 10-1 and 6-0 in the North Central Athletic Conference.
In Monday’s match at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, Franklin Academy cruised to an 8-1 victory against Voyager Academy.
The Patriots won five of six singles matches and all three doubles matches.
Kinsey Ness, playing No.2 singles was a 6-0, 6-2 winner while Krysten Le, at No.3 singles, defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-3.
Playing at the No.4 spot, Briana Kusilek won by a score of 6-1, 6-2 and teammate Erin Connell shut out her opponent, 6-0, 6-0.
In a tough first set, Taylor Henrie of Franklin Academy trailed early but rallied back to win 7-5 and 6-0 in the second set.
All three of the Patriots doubles teams won by matching scores of 8-0.
“They were all fabulous and never gave their opponents a chance,” said Franklin Academy coach Gregg Duffy. “The opposing coach even commented on their success and praised their skills and teamwork.”
Against Riverside Martin in a match played in Williamston, the two teams competed for four and a half hours before the Patriots prevailed with a narrow 5-4 win.
“We had played this team in the last two playoffs,” Duffy said. “We won one and they won one and this match was a preview of this year’s playoff.”
This meeting, Franklin Academy won two singles matches and three doubles.
“We started singles and were ahead before things changed,” Duffy said.
Le won her match at No.3 singles, 8-3 and Kusilek was an 8-3 winner.
Ness and Connell, playing Nos.2 and 5 singles respectively, both lost 7-9.
“So after singles, we dug ourselves in a hole and trailed 2-4,” Duffy said. ‘We have worked hard in doubles in our practices and it paid off today.”
In the first doubles, Ness and Casey Langer fell behind 5-6 before winning the next three games to win the match 8-6.
“In the other two doubles, we dominated the Riverside players who had just beaten us in singles,” Duffy said.
Le and Henrie used powerful ground strokes to win 8-2 and Kusilek and Connell were successful with their lobs and overhead strategy and won 8-1.
“It was a very satisfying win to come back like we did,” Duffy said. “It showed the girls never give up attitude.”
“We had never concluded a match like that, needing to win all the doubles and then doing it and we were happy to pull it off today,” Duffy added.
The Patriots hosted Raleigh Charter yesterday (Wednesday) but results were not available at press time.
“They are our toughest opponent,” Duffy said. “This will be a test for us but I think we’re ready.”