FUQUAY-VARINA — Fuquay-Varina took its first girls’ tennis win since the 2011 season Thursday with a 5-4 defeat of Holly Springs.
The Bengals had gone 0-17 in 2012 and started 0-11 this season. But even under those circumstances, the win was secondary to the improvement shown throughout the year.
“You measure success not by how you do against anybody else; you measure success by how much better you’ve gotten,” Fuquay-Varina coach Bill Brown said. “You just have to take small steps and consolation and know we have gotten better.”
Brown’s was a sentiment shared by Holly Springs (1-12, 1-11). The Golden Hawks may have lost to a team they beat 7-2 earlier in the season, but they have found other small victories – like taking three matches in a 6-3 loss to Green Hope earlier in the week.
“I’m seeing a lot more strategy. They seem to be more aggressive at the net and comfortable on the court,” said first-year Holly Springs coach Jessica Rigney. “We want them to get out there and not think about the bad (points), reward yourself with the good ones.”
The Golden Hawks’ Bailey Edwards has her sights set on becoming the program’s first individual conference champion since Colleen Henke (2007, Greater Neuse River Conference).
Edwards, who missed last year because of injury, split her regular-season battles against reigning conference singles champion Jamie Rogers of Cary.
Edwards, who defeated Fuquay’s Alexa Greene (6-0, 6-0), also holds a win against Panther Creek’s top player, Megan Smith.
The other Holly Springs singles came from senior No. 2 player Kristen Flanagan, who defeated Anna Braxton (6-3, 6-1), and sophomore No. 6 player Caroline Brammer (defeated Adelle Schubarg 6-4, 7-5).
Edwards and Flanagan defeated Greene and Braxton 8-0 in doubles.
The Bengals (1-11, 1-11) got wins from No. 3 singles Aysha Diallo (defeated Kimberly LaVacca 7-5, 6-2), No. 4 Ellie McAlonan (defeated Emily Adries 6-2, 6-2) and No. 5 Jessica Craemer (defeated Maddy Adams 6-2, 6-2).
McAlonan and Craemer won at No. 3 doubles (8-3 against Adams and Sephanie Charlino) while Diallo and Meagan Green won at No. 2 (8-2 against LaVacca and Andries).
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