Ending the season on a 19-match winning streak, the Durham Academy varsity girls tennis team captured the program’s second consecutive state championship with a 5–2 victory over the Charlotte Latin School Hawks on Oct. 27.
“Our girls dedicated themselves to defending our title, and it was great to see their grit and determination all year long,” Head Coach Andy Pogach says. “This team brought it every match. All 13 of our girls performed admirably and were great teammates, whether they were in the lineup or not.”
Juniors Madeline Towning and Alexis Galloway started things off with an 8–1 win at first doubles. The duo is now 31–4 together as a doubles team. Senior co-captain Julia King teamed with junior Sarah Clark for an 8-3 win at third doubles. King leaves Durham Academy with a final individual record of 52–3.
Charlotte Latin School captured the final doubles point as Durham Academy senior co-captain Joy Callwood and junior Renee George fell 8–6 at second doubles. Callwood and George rallied from being down 1–5 to cut the Hawks’ lead to 6–7 before eventu- ally falling. In singles play, Galloway was first off with a 6–0, 6–0 win on court 3. She ended the year 34–1 to set the school record for most wins in a season.
Sarah Clark rallied from a tough first set to defeat her opponent 1–6, 6–1, 10–2 to put the Durham Academy Cavaliers one win away. Clark defeated the same Hawks player in three sets earlier in the year. Junior Renee George clinched the championship, taking a 6–1, 6–1 win on court four to set off the celebration.