Lady Eagles roll past Roanoke Rapids

Published 10:34 am Tuesday, September 18, 2018

JACKSON – It took Mother Nature to win game, set, and match over Northeast Academy’s tennis team.

Postponement of a pair of scheduled matches last week brought a halt to the Lady Eagles’ three-match win streak that raised their overall record to 3-3 after a 0-3 start.

But before the elements intervened, Northeast powered their way past Roanoke Rapids High 8-1, ending a short home stand at the Northampton County Cultural and Wellness Center here on Monday Sept. 10.

Northeast Academy’s Jessie Martin readies a forehand return in an earlier tennis match. Martin, the Eagles’ top seeded player, continued her outstanding play as NEA topped Roanoke Rapids for their third straight team win. | Photo by Angie Todd

Top seed Jessie Martin continued her torrid play as she downed Kristen Pampib in a marathon match 2-6, 6-4, 10-5.  It was Martin’s fifth win against just one loss on the season.

Two-seed Carly Stephenson led a quartet of other NEA players taking straight set wins: Emalee Jones, Lizzie Smith, and Carson Johnson also posted wins in just two sets.

In the doubles matches, Northeast made it a sweep as Martin and Smith downed Pampib and Shane Wangit.  Stephenson and Jones teamed to dispatch Riley Landen and Meghan Beam, while Johnson and Roslynn Morris took down Maddi Godfrey and Gabrielle Long.

After the home stand Northeast hit the road with a scheduled match Monday at the Rose Tennis Center in Murfreesboro at Chowan University against Ridgecroft. That match ended too late for press time.  Today they’ll play the first of two this year against rival Lawrence Academy in Windsor.