Not only are bragging rights in jeopardy, but the I-Meck title is also at stake.
Hopewell travels to North Mecklenburg for a much anticipated conference tennis matchup, and these two programs have a long history with one another.
The past two seasons have resulted in 5-4 scores. Last year, North won three third-set tie breaks to take the win. This year's match will be decided by who wins clutch points, and every individual match is expected to be close.
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Going into the season, the Titans worked to compete and build toward the future. Though they might not have the most talented players, the team has stayed together and worked hard. Hopewell (11-2) still has a chance to improve. They have defeated tennis powers Lake Norman and Mooresville this season.
North Meck (4-3, 2-0 in I-Meck) is an experienced team, with all six of their top players returning.
Their balanced attack is led by sophomore Collin Black, North's No. 1 player. North has continued to improve from last year, when they finished second in the conference. Their losses have come against perennial tennis schools Audrey Kell, Myers Park and Providence.