Sometimes when a team is called dominant, that word is overblown.
In the case of the Charlotte Country Day girls tennis team “dominant” seems just about right.
The Buccaneers just completed a 20-0 season and captured their third straight North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state title.
The Buccaneers shut out Charlotte Latin 5-0 on Halloween.
The numbers back up their case. In their 20 wins, Country Day’s closest score was 6-3 which happened three times. In high school tennis there are nine possible points, six singles and three doubles matches.
In 12 of their victories they did not lose a match. And in all three matches in the playoffs, Country Day shut their opponents out 5-0. Playoff matches are stopped once one team has clinched a victory.
They had beaten Latin 6-3 scores in both regular season meetings but the championship match was all Country Day. They swept the doubles including at number one, where seniors Avery Hunter and Ishana Nigam had lost twice during the season to Latin’s top team.
With a 3-0 lead heading to singles, Country Day just needed two points for the title, and was put one point away when their number four singles player, Kylie Maher, won easily.
Country Day had won the first set in all the other matches, including No. 1 where Hunter had taken a 6-0 victory over Fleming Landau. Landau had beaten Hunter twice during the season. But it was junior Rachel Carroll who clinched the three-peat for Country Day when she took a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
“This team just always rose to the occasion,” said coach Calvin Davis, in his 25th year at Country Day. “Most of these girls had been here before and knew what it took to be a champion. Our battle cry was always to be playing our best at the end of the season and the girls definitely did that. I’m really proud of them.”
Matt Kline is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.