Hoggard edges CFA in girls tennis season opener

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The momentum had clearly switched to the opposite side of the court, but Macy Morrison never gave up.

Hoggard sophomore Macy Morrison earned a three-set victory at No. 3 doubles. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Trailing 5-1 in a third-set tiebreaker, the Hoggard sophomore reeled off eight consecutive points and eventually secured a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 victory at No. 2 singles.

Her win was instrumental in lifting the Vikings to a 5-4 victory over Cape Fear Academy in the season opener for both teams Tuesday afternoon.

“I knew I had to stay consistent if I wanted to come back,” Morrison said. “I wanted to make one more ball than she did on every point.”

The teams split six singles matches, with Morrison, Sydney Lee (6-0, 6-1 at No. 2) and Alex Lee (6-0, 6-0 at No. 5) winning for Hoggard. CFA’s victories came from from Ana Sharbaugh (6-3, 6-1 at No. 1), Julia Johnston (6-4, 7-5 at No. 4) and Lucy Dimock (6-1, 6-1 at No. 6).

Cape Fear Academy senior Ana Sharbaugh won in singles and doubles. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

In doubles, Elizabeth Vollmin and Alex Lee stormed out to a 5-0 lead and cruised to an 8-2 victory at No. 2. The Hurricanes drew even again when Sharbaugh and Laila Goudarzi teamed for an 8-3 win at No. 1.

Hoggard senior Anna Phelps and junior Jenna Kyff were able to win the final four games to pull out an 8-4 victory at No. 3 and clinch the match victory.

“I thought both teams played at a high level, especially with this being the first match,” Hoggard coach Michael Bowen said. “I was pleased with how our girls played in doubles. We spend a lot of time in practice working on movement and they implemented that in their matches.”

The Vikings open Mideastern Conference play Tuesday at West Brunswick. CFA hosts Laney in a nonconference showdown Monday.