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Salisbury tennis defeats Newton-Conover, in battle of ranked teams

Staff report

SALISBURY — Salisbury netted a big win at home Friday as two of the state’s top boys tennis teams met at the Hornets’ courts.

Salisbury, coached by Milton Griffith and ranked No. 3 among 2A schools in the state, defeated No. 7 Newton-Conover, 6-3, the first loss of the season for the Red Devils (4-1). The Hornets are also 4-1.

No. 2 singles player Roarke Burton claimed a tough, come-from-behind win, 2-6, 6-3, 10-7.

At No. 3 singles, Jander Rodas-Palacios remained undefeated with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Sean Archer, a freshman playing No. 4, won his match, 6-3, 1-6, 10-5.

Also winning in singles for Salisbury was Adam Drye at No. 5, taking a 6-1, 6-3 decision.

In doubles play, Salisbury got wins from the teams of Archer/Burton and Rodas-Palacios/Paul Weitz.

Salisbury has another home match today, hosting South Rowan.

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