The Triton girls’ tennis team continued their strong season with a 6-3 win over Harnett Central on Monday.
The Hawks’ top four were absolutely dominant, each winning their singles and doubles matches.
Triton No. 1 Daughtry Williams won her singles match 8-3. Ashley Watchell, the Hawks’ No. 2, won 8-4. Together, they won their doubles match 6-2.
Mackie Brown and Alexa Wise, No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, won 8-1 and 8-5 in singles, and won their doubles match but did not finish because of time constraints.
Combined, Triton’s top four boast a 68-16 record this season. They’re a big part of why Triton is 9-2 and currently sits in second place in the Tri-County Conference standings.
“All of these girls work very hard,” Triton head coach Dana Davis said. “At practices, they aren’t lazy, they work on things to make themselves better. On the weekends I have a lot of them who take lessons and some them play in USTA tournaments as well. That’s helping, but mainly it’s their hard work. They’re an athletic group, so that’s made my job a lot easier.”
The only two losses for the Hawks this season came against Union Pines, the perennial favorites to win the conference. Even though Triton lost 7-2 in the last meeting, they were very close to flipping two of those matches.
“It wasn’t a blowout. We played some tough matches against them, lost in a couple tiebreakers and could’ve been up 4-2 going into doubles. They played really well against them, and Union Pines — they’re good. But we showed them we can play with them. Both matches lasted four-and-a-half hours, so you can tell right there we gave them a run.”
Triton will host Lee County in the last home match of the season. Celia Jones, the lone senior on the team, will celebrate her senior night. Jones has had a bit of a frustrating year and has had to battle through injuries. She lost both her singles and doubles matches against Central, but she’s still 8-3 in singles and 15-5 overall this season, and she’s been a key factor to Triton’s success.
“I’ve had her since she was a freshman,” Davis said. “I’ve watched her grow and mature to the point she’s probably one of the most mature people I know. The girls look up to her, and she’s a really good leader. Like most of the girls, she might get down on herself at times, but she’s a fighter. She knows how to fight through it and she knows how to win matches.”