The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 1, 2012

Knights reach 1A semis, down Villains 5-1

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 — The number-two ranked Gray Stone Knights girls’ tennis team continued their historic season on Monday afternoon after Libby Fowler and Brooke Herlocker claimed the 1A doubles’ championship this past weekend.

Gray Stone hosted the team ranked fourth in the latest coaches poll in the 1A, the Bishop McGuinness Villains, at Chuck Morehead Park in Albemarle.

Despite the chilly, windy weather conditions. the Knights earned a 5-1 win over the Villains and reached the semifinals of the 1A dual team tennis playoffs for the first time in school history.

Top seed Meghan Hedgepeth defeated her opponent in singles, Kyndall Cortes, in straight sets 6-3 and 6-3.

Fowler and Herlocker continued their strong tennis seasons at the No. 2 and 3 seeded matches, respectively. Fowler topped Morgan Auger 6-1, 6-1 while Herlocker took down Adaire Hudson and did not lose a single game in the matchup with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep.

The only win of the match for the Villains (14-4) came in the fourth-seeded match when Ann Owen beat Jordan DeJaco 6-1 and 7-5.

Caby Styers won for Gray Stone  (18-0) in straight sets over Megan McDowell 6-4 and 6-2, with Rachel Poston getting the all-important fifth and deciding win in a three-set battle with Bishop’s Anna Petrangeli. Poston won in three sets 7-5, 4-6 and 1-0, with an 11-9 win in the tiebreaker.

Gray Stone will take on the winner of today’s matchup between Mount Airy (19-2) and Chatham Central (15-2). The Granite Bears are the No. 1 ranked team in the state in 1A, while Chatham Central is No. 7.

The winner of that match will play the winner of the match pitting Franklin Academy (13-6) against the North Carolina School of Science and Match (14-3) in the state championship finals Nov. 3 at the Burlington Tennis Center.