Clinton girls’ tennis stings Union County
The Clinton Red Devils girls’ tennis team opened Region 3-3A play Tuesday afternoon at home, and came away with a 6-1 victory over the Union County Yellow Jackets.
Clinton is now 2-1 overall, 1-0 in the region.
Clinton swept all five singles matches and won the No. 1 doubles contest. The only match Clinton lost was at No. 2 doubles, where Kaitey Threatt and Grace Johnson lost 6-2, 3-6, 10-6.
The Red Devils got off to a hot start at No. 1 singles, where Mary Catherine Dailey defeated Anna Gregory, 6-0, 6-1. Dailey got off on the right foot when she broke Gregory in the first game of the match, with the help of a double fault on break point. Gregory had struggles with her serve for much of the night, serving seven double faults without an ace.
Dailey had one ace in the match and three double faults, but was most efficient on her break point opportunities. Dailey converted 7 of 8 break points in the match and broke Gregory in every game she served. Gregory was not as efficient, converting 1 of 7 break points – but did cash in in the sixth game of the second set to extend the match.
In other singles matches, Chandler Dailey (No. 2) was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Mary Kathryn James, Reese Gowan (No. 3) defeated Bailey Scott, 6-4, 6-2, Gracie Spangler (No. 4) topped Libby Fisher, 6-2, 6-2, and Jerri Hill (No. 5) picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory in her match.
Both Mary Catherine Dailey and Chandler Dailey topped Gregory and James in the No. 1 doubles contest, 8-0.
Clinton visits Mid-Carolina Thursday.
J.L. Mann 7, Laurens 0: The Raiders had a tough go of it in Greenville, getting swept by the Patriots.
Anna Jenkins (No. 2 singles) won the most games of any player, taking four games, while the No. 2 doubles team of Skylar Douglas and Bella Burrafato also won four games in their match.
Westside 3, Laurens 0: In a road trip to Anderson Tuesday, Laurens found itself on the short end of a 25-15, 25-18, 25-15 score.
Anna Taylor had a strong passing day for the Raiders and Kayla Moore picked up five aces and seven digs to further help the cause, but the team’s offense and defense were a step behind throughout the match.
Union County 3, Clinton 0: The Yellow Jackets rolled at Clinton, winning in a three-set sweep. Scores were 25-11, 25-13, 25-14.
Madison Swindler had four kills, a block, and an ace, Addie Gibbs had three digs, and Grayson Taylor had two blocks in the loss.
ETSU 3, Presbyterian men 0: The host Buccaneers scored all three goals in the second half to hand the Blue Hose their sixth straight loss to open the season.
All three goals were scored within a span if 11 minutes, 40 seconds of the second half.
Valentin Kliebe had five saves for PC, while teammate Mark Zavalkov had two.
Presbyterian women 3, South Carolina State 2, 20T: PC picked up its first victory of the season in style, getting a goal from Morgan Hutchison from 8 yards out, off an assist from Sydni Dachs, to knock off SCSU in Clinton.
Dachs scored the match-tying goal off an assist from Hutchison in the 51st minute before setting up her teammate for the winner in the 105th minute. Carolina Dipzinski scored the other goal for PC (1-6).
Alyssa Leaman had one save in goal for PC.