CARY — The official result reads that East Wake lost to Green Hope in the first round of the boys dual team tennis regionals, but there are more matches to play for the Warriors despite the “L” in the scorebook.
Normally a team tennis loss ends the season for all but few players, but this year six East Wake netters will pick up their rackets again despite the 6-0 loss to Green Hope in the NCHSAA 4A regional team tennis match Thursday at the Cary Tennis Center. The doubles matches were canceled once the result was clinched in singles play.
There are six Warriors still alive by qualifying through the Greater Neuse Conference tournament.
“This is the first time in my four years as the coach here we have had six players advance to the regionals,” East Wake coach Jackson Glasgow said. “And we were the only team in the conference to do it.”
The two singles players in are junior Will Clement and junior Ty Matheny. The four composing the two doubles teams are junior Lane Adams matched with senior David Egan and sophomore Brooks Stancil teamed with freshman Jake Clement.
Egan, the only senior among the six, lost his No. 3 singles match to Green Hope’s George Edwards 6-0, 6-0, but his strength is doubles. And that explains why he competed in his conference’s doubles tournament despite ranking as East Wake’s No. 3 singles player.
“Coach set it up for us that way,” said Egan, referring to the Warriors playing to their strengths. “That was one our goals this year to have everyone qualify for the regionals. We were excited to get so many guys through.”
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for East Wake after losing four of their top six players. But the Warriors managed to duplicate their 2013 finish and tie for second place with West Johnston behind perennial conference power Clayton.
The only two returning players among the top six were Clement at No. 1 singles and Adams at No. 2 singles.
“We made a lot of improvement this year,” Glasgow said. “We didn’t have any drop off from last year.”
In the other five singles matches, Green Hope’s No. 1 singles Ben Wayand defeated Will Clement, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 Louis Rico blanked Adams, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Matt Whitney bested Matheny, 6-1, 6-0; No. 5 Eshan Javalakar beat Stancil, 6-0, 6-0 and No. 6 Ashwin Inala held off Jake Clement, 6-0, 6-1.