Salisbury defeats Lincolnton in tennis playoffs

Published 10:16 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Staff report

SALISBURY — Salisbury defeated Lincolnton here Tuesday in the state 2A dual team playoffs, 6-3.

The Hornets actually won the match in singles play, 5-1, but the two teams played doubles in order to gain experience for the Midwest Regional (individuals) on Friday and Saturday.

Against the Wolves on Tuesday, Coach Milton Griffith’s Salisbury squad got singles victories from Ethan McGee, Roarke Burton, Jander Rodas-Palacios, Sean Archer and Paul Weitz.

No. 3 singles player Rodas-Palacios remained undefeated for the season with his 6-2, 6-1 win over Brandon Keneda.

McGee, Salisbury’s No. 1 singles player, defeated Lincolnton’s Alex Cromer, 6-0, 6-2.

At No. 2 singles, the Hornets’ Burton won over Jovanny Perez, 6-0, 6-2.

Finishing out the Salisbury wins in singles player were Archer’s 6-0, 6-2 decision over Michael Macomson, and Weitz’ 7-5, 7-5 victory over the Wolves’ Miller Brogden.

Salisbury’s only win in doubles action was an 8-4 decision: Burton and McGee over Cromer and Perez.

Salisbury will continue the dual team playoffs next Tuesday at home, hosting a second-round match against C.D. Owen High School, from Black Mountain.

This weekend’s individual play will also take place at Salisbury. All six of Salisbury’s players will play individuals — McGee, Burton, Rodas-Palacios, Archer, Weitz and Adam Drye.