by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest High School tennis team recognized its five seniors in a match against Wakefield October 2; however their quest to win on Senior Day was unsuccessful, losing 1-8 to the Wolverines.
“Reflecting on the end of our season, I can say all of the players at Wake Forest have improved their game,” said Cougar coach Cynthia Keller. “They should be proud. I am proud of them.”
“We don’t feel the pressure to beat Wakefield because they are so strong,” Keller added, “but we do strive to give them a good match and I think it was enjoyable for all.”
Wake Forest seniors include captains Maddie Pontrelli and Emily Haston along with Sarah Sticklin, Kalee Campbell and Sarah Day.
“Each of them have made significant contributions as teammates,” Keller said.
Sticklin and Campbell paired together and won the only match for Wake Forest. They defeated Marcie Gira and G. Beam 8-2 at three doubles.
“Everyone else played to the best of their abilities,” Keller said. “All I ask is that the players are committed to the team, themselves and at improving their game.”
In the number one singles, Wakefield’s Savannah Ivey defeated Pontrelli 6-1, 6-1.
Playing two singles Lauren Sheppard of Wakefield was a 6-0, 6-0 winner against Emily Haston and Claudia Damiano defeated Sticklin 6-2, 6-3 at the three singles.
In the fourth singles, Leandra Lee beat Campbell by a score of 6-0, 6-1. Wakefield’s Caroline Stallings and Destiny Bates were winners over Day and Chandler Byrd at the five and six singles, 6-0, 6-1 and 6-4, 6-1, respectively.
The Wolverines captured the one and two doubles match.
Stallings and Bates were a 8-2 winner against Chloe Pearce and Noelle DeHaan of Wake Forest while Damiano and JulieWeitnauer beat Pontrelli and Haston 8-5.