Curtis Coleman CFNN Tennis Reporter

With a week of rest behind their backs, the Cape Fear Girl’s Tennis Team was amped up and ready to play against Pine Forest this past Wednesday.

Winning the match 6-3 overall, the team showed some amazing performances on the courts. Senior Captain Kensey Thurmond showed up and showed out, winning her singles match 6-0, 6-0. Juniors Caroline Averitte and Daija Rucker both had intense comebacks after losing their first set, but won their matches in tie break at 10-8 and 10-4 respectively.

Paige Cameron had an exceptionally hard match on court two. Cameron made sure to give it her all, pushing her match to a set three tie break before coming up just short 10-4.

“Overall, I thought I did well… my opponent was a great tennis player who gave me a good fight,” Cameron said, “I’m excited for the next time I play her. I plan on improving, so next time I want to come out on top with a win.”

In the team’s doubles matches, Brook Bienek and Daija Rucker worked together to win their match 8-2, while senior Arianna Darden and her partner Madisyn Hall teamed up to win their match 8-4.

“I just went out there and swung, I wasn’t timid or anything,” Madisyn Hall said about the improvements she saw in her matches on Wednesday.

Madisyn Hall returns a serve during Wednesday’s match

Darden’s gameplan going into her doubles match with Hall was to hit the shots she knew, keep up her energy, and be confident at the net.

When asked about Pine Forest’s performance, Darden said, “They put up a really good fight; they never stopped hitting their shots, and they just kept going.”

For Madisyn Hall, her favorite moment of Wednesday’s matches had to be her doubles win. She commented on how they had some bad points, but together with Darden, they managed to pull through with a good win.

Arianna Darden’s favorite moment was the third set tie break for Caroline Averitte. When the score was 9-8, in Caroline’s favor, Darden said, “…those last few moments, my heart was beating so fast, and I understood what it meant to really want [the win] for your teammate.”

The victory over Pine Forest has solidified second place in the Patriot Athletic Conference standings and put the team in a great mood as they are satisfied with their wins. Now, with these high spirits, the women focus their attention on their rivalry match with Terry Sanford on Tuesday, September 24th at home.