Greene Central wins singles, doubles ECC tennis tournament
Greene Central’s Madison Holloman prepares to serve during Tuesday’s Eastern Carolina Conference tournament. Photo by William ‘Bud’ Hardy / Neuse News
SNOW HILL — The strong play of the regular season for the Greene Central tennis team carried on in the conference tournament.
The Rams will have five players advancing to Regionals on Oct. 19 after Tuesday’s Eastern Carolina Conference tournament, held at Greene Central. Coming off a 25th consecutive conference title, the Rams have Madison Holloman advancing to the postseason in singles, and in doubles the teams of Logan Wilson and McKinsey Harper, along with Alanna Head and Hinson Britt move on as well.
Holloman won the singles tournament, the Wilson-Harper tandem took the doubles crown and Head-Britt finished third. North Lenoir’s Abigail Ormond — who finished third in singles — will be the only other local representative to participate.
“It’s always great, trying to get as many as we can to Regionals,” Greene Central coach Tim Medlin said. “It’s a very rewarding experience and great to see their hard work paying off.”
Holloman is no stranger to Regionals, playing in her third one of her high school career. The senior is breaking new ground with this being her first singles appearance and said the dynamic will shift.
“I know there’s more pressure on me in singles,” Holloman said. “I just have to hit my shots, stay calm and don’t worry about the moment.”
Wilson and Harper are making their debut appearances in Regionals. Wilson said the team’s chemistry has been great all around, which has helped the duo immensely.
“As a senior, we wanted to make sure we were all on the right page,” Wilson said. “We spent the summer doing a lot of team-building activities and it really helped us grow. I feel confident with Mackenzie and we help each other calm down if things aren’t going our way.”
Harper said her transition as a freshman has been smooth throughout, especially with a doubles partner she has known for years.
“This has been pretty cool, especially doing this with someone who’s my friend,” Harper said.
Head and Britt teamed up very recently, but had strong chemistry throughout.
“Madison is my doubles partner and even though she decided to play singles for Regionals, Hinson and I have connected really well,” the senior said. “It feels good to make it to Regionals — it’s an accomplishment because I’ve never been here before.”
Britt made it to Regionals as a freshman last year in doubles and said she can’t wait.
“It’s a pretty good feeling to be able to make it back as a sophomore,” Britt said.
Lily-Frances Lobos (W) def. Makilah Williams (K) 6-0, 6-0
Kaylee Tucker (GC) def. Caitlyn Tripp (AG) 6-0, 6-2
Madison Holloman (GC) def. Lobos (W) 6-0, 6-0
Abigail Ormond (NL) def. Summer Sullivan (AG) 6-4, 6-0
Logan Mozingo (NL) def. Kaden Edgeson (K) 6-1, 6-1
Kayla Clark (W) def. Tucker (GC) 6-0, 6-0
Holloman (GC) def. Ormond (NL) 6-1, 6-0
Clark (W) def. Mozingo (NL) 6-4, 6-4
Ormond (NL) def. Mozingo (NL) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Holloman (GC) def. Clark (W) 6-1, 6-0
1. Madison Holloman (GC)
2. Kayla Clark (W)
3. Abigail Ormond (NL)
Yesica Colorado-Kaira Best (AG) def. Briana Cherry-Zamora Edwards (K) 6-2, 6-0
Claire Shepard-Mia Pagnani (W) def. Colorado-Best (AG) 6-1, 6-0
Alanna Head-Hinson Britt (GC) def. Hannah Herring-Haley Dilday (NL) 6-0, 6-0
Logan Wilson-Mackenzie Harper (GC) def. Abby Tucker-Mary-Emma Holscher (W) 6-0, 6-2
Sari Dosch-Nyashia Sutton (AG) def. Summer West-Kennedy Harris (NL) 6-0, 6-1
Shepard-Pagnani (W) def. Head-Britt (GC) 6-4, 6-4
Wilson-Harper (GC) def. Dosch-Sutton (AG) 6-3, 6-0
Head-Britt (GC) def. Dosch-Sutton (AG) 6-0, 6-3
Wilson-Harper (GC) def. Shepard-Pagnani (W) 6-0, 6-2
1. Logan Wilson-Mackenzie Harper (GC)
2. Claire Shepard-Mia Pagnani (W)
3. Alanna Head-Hinson Britt (GC)