The North Lincoln Lady Knights tennis program fell to the Mooresville Lady Blue Devils 5-4 Wednesday.
Caroline Farris, the Lady Knightsâ€™ No. 1 seed, fell to Courtney Boyd 4-6, 3-6. No. 2 seed Sarah Long lost to Alison Billings 3-6, 6-7 (3-7 TB).
Jordan Kinney, playing at No. 3, defeated Lori Harrington 6-3, 6-2 for Northâ€™s first win of the match. At No. 4, May Eisner fought valiantly but fell to Anna Pardew 5-7, 5-7.
Hannah Mozeley, No. 5 for the Knights, beat Sarah Telford 6-4, 6-3 to bring North Lincoln to narrow the match margin to 3-2. Nataleigh Hitt was beaten by Laura Auten 3-6, 4-6 to finish out the singlesâ€™ play.
In doubles, Farris/Long lost to Boyd/Billings 5-8. The win placed the Lady Blue Devils up 5-2 and with only two more contests left, clinched the match.
The Kinney/Mozeley duo blanked Mariah Wood/Anna Wiggins 8-0. Teammates Eisner/Hitt then defeated Lauren Barton/Keri Carpenter 8-2 making the final score 5-4 Mooresville.
Lady Knightsâ€™ coach Julie Mills, despite the loss, believes this year will be solid.
Seniors Sarah Long, Meghan Hall and Elizabeth Rodriguez set a good example for the younger players.
â€œTheyâ€™re very responsible at practice on time. Theyâ€™re always giving 100 percent and are always positive which motivates everyone else on the team,â€ she said.
While not a senior, the leader of the squad is junior Caroline Farris.
â€œCarolineâ€™s a hard worker. Sheâ€™s always going to try to improve her game and is going to be a positive influenceâ€” cheer them up and get them motivated,â€ Mills said.
Jordan Kinney, only a sophomore, has exhibited great work ethic in the off-season. That effort draws praise from Mills.
â€œShe spent a lot of time playing this summer. The other girls have seen that and itâ€™s made them want to push themselves to do better. Sheâ€™s improved a lot since last year,â€ she said.
So where does Mills see themselves falling in the Southern Foothills 1A Conference?
â€œI see us being second in the conference, but there is a possibility that we will be first. Hendersonville is our biggest challenge this year,â€ she said.
The Lady Knights had a successful first year and look to build on that success this year. by John Mark Brooks