Pack grounds Jets to advance

Published 1:40 pm Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Washington High School boys tennis team advanced to the second round of the 2A state playoffs with an 8-1 victory over Jordan-Matthews of Siler City on a windy Wednesday afternoon on their home court.

The third-seeded Pam Pack (15-0) will host number 11 East Carteret Tuesday after they upset sixth-seeded Whiteville, 6-3.

Washington will stay home for the third round with a victory, because second-seeded North Johnston lost, 9-0, to number 15 Franklin Academy in Wednesday’s opening round.

Top-seeded Clinton is the only higher seeded team than Washington left after a 5-1 victory over Greene Central.

Washington won five of the six singles matches and swept doubles against the 14th-seeded Jets.

Senior Hunter Moore needed a tie-breaker in the second set at number two singles. He won, 7-5, after a 6-2 opening set victory.

“His opponent started playing better in the second set and Hunter was down 2-5 in the tie-breaker before he came back,” coach Miranda Whitley said. “He never gives up when he’s behind and stayed focused to win five straight points.”

Other singles winners included senior Campbell Curtis at number one, 6-2, 6-3, freshman Will Glover, 6-1, 6-0 at number three, sophomore Keenan Curtis at number four, 6-1, 6-0 and freshman Micah Whitley, 6-2, 6-1 at number five.

WHS swept doubles behind Curtis/Curtis, 8-4, Moore/Glover, 8-1 and Whitley/Jackson Wilder 8-4.