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).