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by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
RALEIGH — Franklin Academy’s tennis team was tied with Raleigh Charter before rain forced play to stop during Monday’s North Central Athletic Conference matchup.
After singles, the score was knotted at 3-all. Four of those matches went to third set tie-breakers.
The doubles matches were halfway completed when it started raining. Two of the matches were tied at 4-4 and 3-3 and in one of those, the Patriots were ahead 5-2.
The match resumed at the Raleigh Charter courts yesterday (Wednesday) but results were not known at press time.
Franklin Academy was hoping to revenge a 2-7 loss last week to the Phoenix.
In that match, the Patriots won two singles matches.
At two singles, Kinsey Ness defeated her opponent 6-7, 6-4, 10-7.
This match lasted almost three hours as did the five singles match that the Patriots also won. Erin Connell, after taking a medical break for heat related symptoms, came back to win the match 6-4, 6-4.
Losing in three sets for Franklin Academy were Taylor Henrie and Kyrsten Le.
“Both girls tried so hard,” said Patriots coach Gregg Duffy. “They just came up slightly short.”
Playing four singles, Brianna Kusilek was defeated 3-6, 4-6 and Franklin Academy’s number one singles player, Casey Langer, lost 0-6, 0-6.
By the time doubles started, some of the Franklin Academy players had already gone home and the match was supposed to be over by 6:30 pm and finished on another day.
“Raleigh Charter threatened to call a forfeit so we played,” Duffy said. “We lost all three doubles with the players we had left.”
The Patriots did capture a win this past Friday against Greene Central, a non-conference opponent.
“It was refreshing to play a team with a friendly and cooperative attitude after our recent experience,” Duffy said. “I commend them on their good sportsmanship.”
In singles, Franklin Academy won five of six matches.
Three players, Le, Connell and Henrie all won by scores of 6-1, 6-0.
Kusilek shut out her opponent and Ness was a 6-0, 6-2 winner.
Langer lost in three sets, 6-4, 6-7, 8-10.
The Patriots used a different line-up for doubles.
At number one doubles, Jessica Graham and Lauren Emer played together but lost 6-8.
“They played their best and on several of their points, even the adult league playing next to them stopped to watch and cheer their good play, “Duffy said.
Grace Miller and Claire Joyner also lost 3-8 at the two doubles.
Playing three doubles for the first time together were twin sisters Christina and Anastasia Shymonyak.
“They played their best tennis ever and won 8-4,” Duffy said. “They played awesome together, placing their shots just where they wanted to and making many net winners.”
“As freshmen, they will figure prominently in this team’s future,” Duffy added.
The Patriots are 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference and play in the conference tournament tomorrow (Thursday).