by Becky Kimbrell-Norria
LOUISBURG— It’s been a perfect week for the Franklin Academy girl’s tennis team.
The Patriots played three matches in six days and swept all three opponents, 9-0.
Their latest victim was non-conference rival Louisburg High School in a match played in Louisburg on Monday.
Casey Langer, Kinsey Ness, Brianna Kusilek and Erin Connell of Franklin Academy lost just five games between them.
The Patriots Lauren Emer at the five singles, defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-1 and Elizabeth Keel, playing six singles won 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles, the teams of Langer and Ness and Kusilek and Jessica Graham were 8-0 winners. At three doubles, Connell and Ramsey Gunter won a close 8-6 match.
Gunter was playing in her very first match.
Friday, Franklin Academy hosted Roxboro Community in a North Central Athletic Conference meeting.
“Last year, we faced most of the same players and had some close matches,” said Patriot tennis coach Gregg Duffy. “This match was different and although we won 9-0, they have some good players and most of the matches took some time with many hard fought points.”
In the number one singles match, Langer defeated Robin Harris, who qualified for last year’s 1A state tournament, by a score of 6-0, 6-1.
The number two singles match proved to be the longest match of the day but Ness prevailed by a score of 6-2, 6-0, beating Sonya Chizhikova.
Kusilek, Connell, playing three and four singles, respectively and Keel, at six singles, all won by matching scores of 6-0, 6-0.
Franklin Academy’s Taylor Henrie, at five singles, was a 6-2, 6-0 winner.
“In doubles, we made some substitutions and things got interesting,” Duffy said.
Langer and Ness won 8-1 and Kusilek and Connell, playing two doubles, battled to a 7-7 tie before winning 9-7.
“That was a very entertaining match with many frantic points combining lobs, overheads, and down the line passing shots,” Duffy said.
The team of Emer and Christina Shamonyak, at three doubles, was behind early 2-3 before taking control to win 8-4.
“This was Christina’s first high school match ever and she acquitted herself very well,” Duffy said. “She is a freshman and will be a big part of the team in the future.”
On September 4, the Patriots traveled to Burlington to play River Mill Academy.
“They are in our new conference and were also in our conference the past two years,” Duffy said. “They have graduated their two best players, a pair that went to the Eastern Individual Tournament as a doubles team for two years.”
“Our girls played well and were not seriously pushed on any court,” he added.
In singles, Krysten Le, Connell and Henrie shut their opponents out. Langer, Ness and Kusilek lost one game each.
Franklin Academy finished the match 72-3 in singles.
In doubles, the Patriots lost only two games.
Franklin Academy hosted Voyager Academy yesterday (Wednesday) but results were not known at press time. Tomorrow (Friday), they will play at Roxboro Community.