Hornets advance to 2A West final

Published 11:55 am Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Salisbury’s tennis team rolled again Monday in the 2A state playoffs.

The Hornets, who are seeking their seventh straight state championship, beat Brevard 6-0 in a regional semifinal and didn’t need to play doubles. Brevard finished 17-3. Salisbury traveled because Brevard had a higher winning percentage going into the match.

“Six hours in a car (three hours each way) for 55 minutes of tennis,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said with a sigh. “Seems like Salisbury plays Brevard every year and seems like we go to Brevard every year.”

Salisbury’s Kayla Honeycutt and Grace Steinman won 6-0, 6-0. Kathryn Rusher, Maria Capito, Emily Capito and Julia Honeycutt also won with relative ease.

“It was about what I expected,” Maddox said. “Nice weather, and I think we lost about seven games.”

The Hornets had an unexpected fan in Brevard. Carson graduate Hannah Elmore plays volleyball for Brevard College and made an appearance. Elmore was a soccer teammate of some of the Hornets.

Salisbury is 16-2. The Hornets lost 9-0 to 4A Charlotte Catholic on Sept. 4 and 6-3 to Lake Norman Charter on Sept. 9 but haven’t lost since.

The opponent in the West regional final will be a rematch with Lake Norman. Again, the Hornets will travel. Lake Norman Charter is 15-0. Lake Norman Charter ended West Davidson’s nice run on Monday. The Green Dragons, runners-up to Salisbury in the CCC, finished 19-4.

Maddox expects the match to be played at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Salisbury has the state singles champion in Kayla Honeycutt, while Lake Norman Charter’s team of Hannah Archer and Olivia Archer won the state doubles title, so it could be quite a matchup.

“Winning the state kind of boosted Kayla’s confidence,” Maddox said. “She knew she was a good player, but a state championship kind of validated it.”

Maddox is making no predictions. He believes several of his girls have improved markedly since September, but Lake Norman Charter is very good and very talented.

“I think it should be a close match,” he said.