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South men’s tennis opens with win over North Rowan

The South Stanly men’s tennis returned four juniors this season as the Bulls opened the season Thursday against North Rowan: Duncan McSwain, Tyler Papin, Ben Smith, and Triston Horton.

South also has a new group of freshman joining the team, including Caleb Lefler, Connor Curlee, Ethan Hatley, Bennett Shelton, Ethan Hopkins, and Noah Mauldin.

“With the combined experience of our veterans and the energy and athleticism of our newcomers, our team goal this year is to try and improve on our third place conference finish last year,” South head coach Carla McSwain said.

Against the Cavaliers, South earned a 5-4 YVC win, playing eight-game pro sets.

The Bulls play Gray Stone on Monday.

Singles
1. Hans Romer (NR) def. Duncan McSwain (SS) – 8-5
2. JD Hager (NR) def. Caleb Lefler (SS)  – 8-6
3. Tyler Papin (SS) def. Jared Hensley (NR) – 8-5
4. Ben Smith (SS) def. Ray Montes (NR)  – 8-4
5. Triston Horton (SS) def. Terrance Settlemyer (NR) – 8-4
6. Arizona Day (NR ) def. Connor Curlee (NR) – 8-5

Doubles:
1. McSwain / Lefler (SS) def. Romer / Hager (NR) – 8-4
2. Papin / Smith (SS) def. Hensley / Montes (NR) – 8-4
3. Settlemyer / Day (NR) def. Horton / Curlee (SS) – 6-5

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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