PREP TENNIS: Saints drop 1-point decision to Aycock

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PIKEVILLE - Charles B. Aycock triumphed at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, and turned back county rival Southern Wayne, 5-4, in their Quad County 3A girls’ tennis battle Monday afternoon.

The Golden Falcons’ top-seeded tandem of Mckenzie Millard-Allie Wall defeated the Saints’ Sara Lopez-Alivia Cox, 8-1. The No. 2 duo of Courtney Howell-Laura Moore topped SW’s Kaylee Brock-Aliya Segura by the same score.

Southern Wayne prevailed at No. 3 doubles. Medjina Joanis and Susannah Faulk squeezed out an 8-6 win over.

“After singles, we were really hoping for two of the three [doubles],” first-year Saints head coach David Van Dyke said.

The teams concluded singles play tied at 3-3.

Aycock took the top three seeds.

The Saints got straight-set decisions from Joanis, Segura and Faulk. The trio combined to lose just five games.

“It was interesting, definitely not a boring tennis match,” Van Dyke said. “They’re [Aycock] dealing with their own issues, had several players out with injuries and some were quarantined. I really can see everybody [on my team] getting better, having more confidence.”

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