Gates sweeps pair

Published 2:24 pm Monday, September 27, 2010

Gatesville – Gates County High School continued to improve in tennis last week.

The Lady Red Barons claimed wins over Northampton County High School – East (8-1) and Pasquotank County High School (5-4) to improve to 3-6 this season.

Against Northampton, the Lady Barons won all six singles matchups and two of three in doubles.

“It was a great way to open conference play,” said Gates County Head Tennis Coach Susan Brown.

Allyson Owens started the winning ways at the top, defeating Michelle Perry 5-4 and 7-5 while second-seeded Ranae Parsain topped Jess Phipps 6-0 and 6-1.

In the battle of number three seeds, Norah Tyler secured a 6-2, 6-2 win over Northampton’s Alexus Shoulders and Sarah Miller won in the number four seeded matchup, 6-0 and 6-3 over Brittney Mitchell.

Fifth-seeded Arnesha Eason then topped Selina Boyd 6-4 and 6-2 while sixth-seeded Rashemah Walton edged Brittany Crawford 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles’ action, Gates County secured the win in the two top-ranked matchups.

Owens and Parsain stopped Perry and Shoulders 8-0 in the top-matchup while Tyler and Miller defeated Phipps and Crawford 8-2 at number two.

Northampton’s win came at number three doubles where Patrice Williams and Kristen Martin defeated Eason and Abbey Vann 8-0.

Just days later, the Lady Red Barons edged Pasquotank 5-4 to keep their winning ways intact.

Parsain, this time playing number one, defeated Chloe Ramjohn 8-3 while Owens, at the number two slot, defeated Morgan Pepple 8-6.

Gates County’s third win at singles came when Eason defeated Kaitlyn Clark 8-5 at the number five seed.

Pasquotank’s Kathleen Lowry edged Tyler 8-5 at number three and Lauren Perry defeated Sarah Miller 8-2 at number four. Pasquotank’s third win in singles came when Danielle Shraber slipped by Walton 8-6.

In doubles action, Parsain and Owens defeated Ramjohn and Lowry at number one and Tyler and Miller topped Pepple and Clark at number two (8-4). Perry and Shraber edged Eason and Walton 8-3 in the final matchup.

“It was a close match and both teams showed improvement from last week’s match,” Brown said.