Lady Falcons win fourth match

Published 4:59 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WINDSOR – Bertie High School continued an excellent tennis season here last week.

The Lady Falcons topped archrival Hertford County High School 9-0 to claim win number four during the 2011 campaign against just two losses. One of those losses came earlier last week against Northeastern Coastal Conference heavyweight Edenton.

“We had a great week,” Bertie Tennis Coach Jackie Copeland said. “Even though we didn’t get the overall win against Edenton, I thought the girls played their heart out and represented Bertie High School very well.”

Thursday, the Lady Falcons bounced back to dispatch HCHS.

Bertie top-seed Carmen Villamor took a straight-set victory over HCHS number one seed Dyani Hall by dual counts of 6-0. Second-seeded Haley Williams did the same for the Lady Falcons as she took a 6-2, 6-2 win over Claudia Rowe of HCHS.

Tori Dunlow kept the winning streak alive for Bertie when she topped Dajah Chamblee by dual counts of 6-0 in the number three seed battle and then Lindsey Faella topped Brina Arellano by the same score in the number four matchup.

The number five matchup saw Windy Todd top Katie Pierce 6-1 and 6-1 while Lauren Dunlow topped Kelsey Farmer 6-0 and 6-1 in the number six matchup.

“Hertford County represented themselves very well and I think both teams had an enjoyable match,” Copeland said. “I was pleased that two of our seniors – Carmen and Caroline White – were able to play doubles together. They’re such good friends and wanted to play as a doubles team once.”

Copeland seeded the pair number one in the doubles’ contest and they worked together to secure an 8-1 victory over Hall and Chamblee.

In the second-seeded matchup, Kate White and Kelsey White secured a doubles victory (8-1) over Rowe and Pierce to keep Bertie’s winning streak going. Then, in the final match of the day Samantha Dawson and Ashley Harmon won their number three doubles contest 8-0 to complete the sweep.

Before taking the win against HCHS, the Lady Falcons suffered just their second loss of the season in a 7-2 setback to Edenton.

The Lady Falcons won just one singles match when sixth-seeded Kelsey White topped Tessa Caughty 6-2 and 6-4.

“She was very excited about winning against Edenton because the Aces are always very strong in tennis,” Copeland said. “Tori Dunlow and Brook Bowen also won their doubles match and that had to fight long and hard for the win.”

Dunlow and Bowen, seeded number two, defeated Ellie Whichard and Hannah Nixon to secure Bertie’s second win of the day.

“I think we have earned respect from the rest of the teams in the Northeastern Coastal Conference because they know we are not going to give up,” Copeland said. “It doesn’t matter if they are winning or losing, my girls keep playing and I really like that about them.’