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Girls Tennis Preview: Lake Norman Charter’s Olivia Archer hopes to keep championship streak going

Charlotte Observer 2016 Fall sports preview: Olivia Archer of Lake Norman Charter (Girls Tennis). Photographed on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Charlotte Observer 2016 Fall sports preview: Olivia Archer of Lake Norman Charter (Girls Tennis). Photographed on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Olivia Archer has been a major reason for Lake Norman Charter tennis teams’ success in her first two seasons as a Knight. She has helping her team win NCHSAA 2A state and dual team titles in each season.

Archer is also 34-1 in singles’ play over her two high school seasons, ascending to the No. 1 spot in the lineup. She is also unbeaten in doubles’ play, winning two straight 2A state doubles titles with her older sister, Hannah.

But with sister Hannah Archer now playing tennis at Washington & Lee University, coach Jenny Connell, Olivia and the Knights are eager to prove they can be champions, again, in 2016.

Archer has been hard at work on the courts this summer on the junior circuit -- as she plays or practices about six hours a day – including a trip to the United States Tennis Association U18 Clay Court Nationals in Memphis in July.

"We are definitely excited about the challenge of winning another (state) championship with this team," Olivia Archer said. "But Hannah was a great leader, so we have big shoes to fill. But we also have great senior leaders on this team.

…I love the team aspect of high school tennis. Tennis (juniors) is usually so individual. It’s great to always have the team there for you."

Featured Player

Name: Olivia Archer

School: Lake Norman Charter junior

Sport: Girls’ Tennis

2015 Tennis Stats: Two-time, 2A doubles’ state championship was a perfect 19-0 with her partner, sister, Hannah, last season. Has only one loss in two years in singles’ play (34-1).

Why Her?: Olivia Archer has won the 2A doubles’ and 2A team, state championships in each of her first two high school seasons. Her next goal: a three-peat.

Charlotte Observer Girls’ Tennis Players to Watch

Lauren Gish, Lake Norman, Sr: The co-Charlotte Observer player of the year and reigning 4A state singles’ runner-up looks to finish her high school career on top.

Fleming Landau, Charlotte Latin, Jr.: The co-Charlotte Observer player of the year went 19-1 in singles play last year, and now looks to lead Latin team to a state title, after losing to rival Charlotte Country Day in the state championship match in 2015.

Maddie Weber, Myers Park, Sr.: 4A state singles’ semifinalist and SW4A conference player of the year is looking to have a banner year both individually and with her team in her final high school season.

Rachel Marthinsen, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.: The SoMeck8 player of the year made it to second round of the state doubles’ tournament in 2015. This year, she will play a lead role for Catholic this season.

Marisa Deininger, Community School of Davidson, Sr.: Spartans’ standout backed up her 2014 1A state doubles’ title with a 1A state singles’ championship last year, going 26-2 overall. Deininger hopes to cap her CSD career with another championship season.

Charlotte Observer Girls’ Tennis Teams to Watch

Charlotte Country Day: The three-time NCISAA 3A defending state champion Bucs were a perfect 20-0 last year and have the talent to make it four in a row with seniors, Rachel Carroll, Lindsay Larkin, junior Kendall Addison and nationally-ranked newcomer, Katie Weber, all in the lineup.

Marvin Ridge: The 3A defending state champions return five of their top six players -- led by sophomores, Ella Imhof and Ainsley Zubrinsky, and seniors Rachel Zubrinsky, Hannah Scott and Ryleigh Burns – who will look for a repeat performance.

Lake Norman Charter: The two-time, defending 2A state champions are a perfect 35-0 as a team in the last two seasons. With No. 1 junior Olivia Archer and classmate Lauren Bush, plus senior Lauren Loveless back to lead the way, LNC will have a good chance at a three-peat.

Myers Park: The Mustangs were a perfect 16-0 going into the 4A state championship match in each of the last two years, only to lose to Panther Creek in both state finals’ matches. This year, Mustang seniors’ Maddie Weber, Katie Soden and junior Leah Wallihan look to help Myers Park finish on top.

Charlotte Catholic: A veteran Charlotte Catholic team returns with a lot of motivation after losing a 5-4 heartbreaker to Myers Park in the state playoffs. The Cougars are loaded with talent from seniors in Marthinsen and Megan Leonard to juniors, Catie Nelson and Lizzy Fiepke, to incoming freshman, Rose Kenny.