The Concord girls' tennis team has become accustomed to winning. During the past four seasons the Spiders have gone a combined 65-5 overall.
This year was more of the same, as the Spiders went a perfect 14-0 in conference play to win their fourth straight South Piedmont Conference crown.
While Concord dominated the All Cabarrus County league again, several individuals stood out for their teams, representing bright futures.
Cabarrus News Player of the Year: Kathryn Brown, Concord
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Kathryn Brown is a standout at Concord High on and off on the court.
On the tennis court, Brown, a senior, has been one of the leaders for a Spider team that has lost only four times in the four years. In the classroom, Brown boasts a 4.7 grade point average.
This year, Brown not only got all A's in the classroom, but also was the top player in the SPC as well as an all-region performer, making it to the regional tournament for the third time in as many years. Brown was also All-SPC for the third year in a row.
Cabarrus News Coach of the Year: Jill Gardiner, Concord
The Concord tennis team came into the season, expecting to be the best team in SPC. The Spiders finished a remarkable four-year run with another standout season, going 16-2 overall, including a perfect 14-0 in conference play.
Gardiner, in her seventh year as Concord's head coach, has been a major part of the success, leading her team to four straight SPC crowns.
The only thing Concord hasn't figured out is Charlotte Catholic, who has eliminated the Spiders three times in the last four 3A playoffs.
All-Cabarrus News Tennis Team
Kathryn Brown, Concord: Spiders No. 1, all-region performer led team to 16-2 record.
Sara Holbrooks, Concord: Despite nagging injuries, former No. 1 was still a big factor for Concord.
Sally Moore, Concord: Sophomore looks to be the future of Spider tennis.
Claudia Oyaneder, Cox Mill: Nearly led upstart Chargers to upset of Spiders in SPC.
Taylor Carpenter, Mount Pleasant: Multi-sport star led Tigers on the court.
Katie Swink, Cannon: Sophomore already Cougars' No. 1 player.
Kathryn Brown/Kristen Spencer, Concord: Senior duo was a tough combination for their competition all season long.
Madison Kay/Katherine Barnett, Concord: Seniors were also part of dominant Spider program during the last four seasons.
Claudia Oyaneder/Danae Rhoads, Cox Mill: Both have bright futures for Chargers and in SPC.