New Hanover claims MEC girls tennis title with win at Hoggard

Tuesday’s girls tennis match between unbeatens New Hanover and Hoggard lived up to the hype.

Both teams came into the match having won all six Mideastern Conference matches comfortably, making it a winner-take-all showdown. The visiting Wildcats built a 4-2 lead after singles and claimed a pair of doubles courts to secure a 6-3 victory and the league championship.

Mary Archer Boyd won at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles to help New Hanover claim the MEC title. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Mary Archer Boyd won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3 to give New Hanover (11-0, 7-0) its first point. Ann McBryde Barker (6-1, 6-4 at No. 6) and Sarah Frances Butler (6-0, 6-4 at No. 5) followed suit and Mary Davis Thompson outlasted Sydney Lee 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1.

“What I was so proud of for the bottom three was that in every match they had a point where they were down in a set and they were feeling defeated and anxious, but they all dug deep and found a way to win,” Wildcats coach Jennifer Coleman said.

Barker and Kate Thompson wasted little time clinching the match, cruising to an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles. Boyd and Butler added an 8-6 victory at No. 2 in the final contest of the night.

Hoggard (7-1, 6-1) got singles wins from Alex Lee (6-1, 6-4 at No. 2) and Macy Morrison (6-3, 6-3 at No. 3) as well as an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles from Lee and Sydney Lee.

Hoggard’s Alex Lee won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

The Vikings were without the services of No. 1 player Elizabeth Vollmin, who has an injured knee, but coach Michael Bowen was pleased with how his team played in her absence.

“We knew it was going to be a tough match with or without Elizabeth, but I liked how the girls fought until the very end,” he said. “They never gave up and all that’s all I ask of them.”

Both teams open the dual team playoffs with home matches Wednesday. New Hanover welcomes Rocky Mount in 3A and Hoggard hosts New Bern in 4A.