The talent level was never in question.
With a team full of players who have achieved solo success at the tournament level, Myers Park coach Ed Flynn and lone senior Abby Scott only worried how well the younger players would take to the team-oriented style of high school tennis.
So far, undoubtedly well.
Myers Park finished the regular season 13-0 and lost only five singles or doubles matches out of a possible 117.
“I had no idea we would be this dominant,” Flynn said. “It's impressive for me to watch.”
Coming off a semifinal loss in the N.C. 4A playoffs last year, Flynn knew he had a strong team with Scott, Kelsey Sherck and then-freshman Grace Baker – who lost in the state singles championship – returning. This year a mix of players, including freshmen, have helped the Mustangs dominate. Myers Park's closest win was a 6-3 victory over defending 3A champion Charlotte Catholic.
For Scott, the success comes down to the team's cohesiveness.
As the team's leader, she corrals teammates to cheer on others during their matches. She has helped smooth situations when competitive younger players got upset over not being used all the time or put in the right spot.
Despite the team's overwhelming success, Myers Park was ranked only No. 4 in the state before the conference tournament started, behind Raleigh Broughton, Greensboro Page and East Chapel Hill. Those three teams have combined to win the last 11 4A titles.
Can Myers Park knock off one of the tennis giants when the state dual tournament starts this week?
“The girls are confident right now,” Flynn said. “I'm excited to find out.”