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Gray Stone women face Mount Airy in team tennis playoffs

The Gray Stone women’s tennis team opened the 2019 1A dual team playoffs with a second-round matchup Tuesday against the Mount Airy Granite Bears, the No. 2 seed from the Northwest Conference.

Playing at the Knapp Tennis Center on the Pfeiffer University campus, the Knights earned wins in the top five singles to advance with a 5-0 win over the Bears (14-5).

Emma Bost swept the top-seeded match for the Knights (19-0) not dropping a game winning 6-0, 6-0 over Meredith Marion.

Mia Taggart took the win for Gray Stone at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3) win over Olivia Perkins.

Ella Hedenskog won in straight sets at No. 3 singles 6-2 and 6-1 while Emma Sparger posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kancie Tate at the fourth-seeded singles matchup.

Caroline Garner gave the Knights the fifth and deciding win at No. 5 singles 1-6, 6-2 and 1-0 (10-1) over Katherine Bray.

Shanden Plyler was leading her match for Gray Stone at No. 6 singles, 7-6 (9-7) and 4-1 when the match ended.

The Knights will be on the road Tuesday at Pine Lake Prep (11-0).

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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