Washington girls’ tennis returns to the court with a pair of victories

Published 5:28 pm Friday, September 28, 2018

Going 19 days without playing didn’t seem to affect the Washington tennis team, as the Pam Pack resumed action this week at home, defeating Riverside, 8-1, on Wednesday before sweeping aside Ayden-Grifton, 9-0, yesterday.

Washington (6-2, 1-1 2A Eastern Carolina Conference) head coach Miranda Whitley said some of her players were a bit sluggish on Wednesday after the nearly three-week layoff, but the match against Riverside (3-6, 1-0 1A Coastal Plains Conference) allowed her girls be better prepared for the Ayden-Grifton (1-4, 1-2 2A ECC) match on Thursday, in which the Pam Pack was dominant.

Led by No. 1 singles player Claire Shepherd, Washington didn’t drop a single set against the Chargers. Shepherd defeated Sari Dosch, 8-1, Kayla Clark took down Nyashia Sutton, 8-0, Mia Pagnani beat Summer Sullivan, 8-2, Abbi Tucker defeated Yesica Colarado, 8-1, Mary Emma Holscher beat Caitlyn Tripp, 8-0, and Lilly Frances Lobos emerged victorious over Hiba El-Shaer, 8-1, in singles play.

In doubles, Shepherd and Pagnani beat Sutton and Dosch, 8-2, Clark and Tucker defeated Tripp and Colarado, 8-1, and Lobos and Holscher took down Sullivan and Kaira Best, 8-0.

The Pam Pack wraps up the regular season with Senior Night this Tuesday, as Washington will host Kinston with play scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.