Conference champs: Pam Pack takes tennis title

Published 11:25 am Friday, April 15, 2022

The Washington High School boys tennis team capped a perfect regular season with the Eastern Plains Conference tournament title Wednesday at the River Birch Tennis Center in Greenville.

Miranda Whitely was voted coach of the year and freshman Will Glover was named newcomer of the year. Greene Central’s William Drake won player of the year.

Senior Campbell Curtis qualified for the regional tournament in singles after losing to Drake in the finals. Brother Keenan Campbell also qualified with a third-place finish.

Senior Hunter Moore teamed with the freshman Glover to win doubles, 6-1, 6-0 over a Greene Central pair and senior Jackson Wilder paired with Micah Whitley to take third.

Both doubles duos qualified for the regional, meaning the top six Washington players will move on.

“That’s the first time that’s happened since I’ve been coaching,” Whitley, who started in 2013, said. “it’s a great accomplishment after not having any regional qualifiers last year. Our older players have made great progress and the freshmen have stepped in and contributed right away. I’m very proud of all of them and it should be a fun post-season.”

Washington finished 10-0 in the conference and 14-0 overall. The individual regional is April 29-30 at Herman Park in Goldsboro, while the team state playoffs begin April 27.