In keeping with Friday night’s dramatic ending to the football game between South Caldwell and Hibriten, Monday’s girls tennis match between the Spartans and Panthers had its share of tension and intrigue as well.
With South Caldwell leading 2-1 in singles and needing three wins in the last five matches, Hibriten rallied with four straight wins to reach the magic number of five and break a two-match losing streak with a 5-4 win on the Spartans’ home court.
The deciding doubles match between Hibriten’s Cassey Vaught and Charlotte Gardner and South Caldwell’s Gwenyth Frye and Victoria Villacorte ended in an 8-8 tie after their pro set, and the Panthers’ duo came away with a 7-2 win in the tiebreaker to secure the overall match.
The Panthers improve to 6-3 on the season, and the Spartans’ record stands at 2-3.
Hibriten is scheduled to host Freedom at 4 p.m. today, while South Caldwell is scheduled to host Watauga.
Cassey Vaught (H) def. Gwyneth Frye (SC) 6-2, 6-2.
Aislinn Chapman (SC) def. Keira Andrews (H) 6-1, 6-0.
Victoria Villacorte (SC) def. Charlotte Gardner (H) 6-0, 6-0.
Natalie Jones (H) def. Georgia Reichling (SC) 3-6, 6-2, 10-6.
Maddy Reid (H) def. Hayley Hartley (SC) 1-6, 6-0, 10-5.
Paige Grimbeek (H) def. Sarah Cook (SC) 6-2, 6-0.
Vaught/Gardner (H) def. Frye/Villacorte (SC) 8-8 (7-2).
Chapman/Cook (SC) def. Jones/Haley Grimbeek (H) 8-5.
Reichling/Hartley (SC) def. Reid/Paige Grimbeek (H) 8-3.
Hibriten narrowly defeated Alexander Central by one shot Monday at Orchard Hills Golf Club in Granite Falls and maintained its large lead in the Northwestern 3A/4A conference team standings. The Panthers are 23 shots ahead of the second-place Cougars.
Trinity White of Hibriten continued her dominant run in the individual standings and claimed medalist honors with a nine-hole total of 42. She holds a 12-shot lead over Alexander Central’s Parker Matlock, who shot 46 on Monday.
South Caldwell’s Lana McCall shot 44, followed by teammate Rylee Farr with a 46. Hibriten’s Kenzie Jurney carded a 48, while teammate Virginia Anders closed with a 49, followed by Mabry Land’s 50. Hibriten’s Zoey Walker and South Caldwell’s Kayla Watson both carded 59s. South Caldwell’s Morgan Ingle and Kaylee Anderson both came in with 64s.
The Spartans have a firm hold on fourth place in the conference team standings and trail third-place Watauga by 18 shots.
The next match is set for Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Brushy Mountain Golf Club near Taylorsville.