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Vikings sweep 4A East Region

Posted Sunday, October 23, 2011 by Tim Hower

By Powell Lattimer

     The Hoggard Vikings won both the singles and doubles titles in the 4A East Regional on Saturday, making the first time a Hoggard tennis team has swept the individual regional titles.
     McKayla Zupan took the individual crown with a 7-6(6) 6-0 win against Tyler Baker of Terry Sanford, while Anna Hodges and Caitlin Neal downed the Terry Sanford doubles team of Emma Caroline Edge and Laura Hatcher 6-3, 6-4.
     “It’s the fisrt time in Hoggard tennis history that we’ve swept,” Hoggard head coach Michael Bowen said. “It’s a great day for Hoggard tennis.”
     Zupan’s win was relatively expected, but Hodges and Neal had to upset the No. 1 seed in the regional in the championship match.
     “It was what McKayla had expected, her goal was to win regionals,” Bowen said. “The doubles title was really a special win. We weren’t especially sure we could win.”


First Round: McKayla Zupan (Hoggard) def. Louisa Cone (Laney) 6-1, 6-0
Second Round: Zupan def. Campbell Cooper (New Hanover) 6-2, 6-1.
Semifinals: Zupan def. Helen Zhang (Terry Sanford) 6-4, 6-3.
Finals: Zupan def. Tyler Baker (Terry Sanford) 7-6(6), 6-0.
First Round: Anna Hodges/Caitlin Neal (Hoggard) def. Elizabeth Carter/Christina Lee (Smithfield-Selma) 6-0, 6-0.
Second Round: Hodges/Neal def. Logan Boykin/Elezcia Singletary (Clayton) 6-1, 6-1.
Semifinals: Hodges/Neal def. Claire Lieberman/Trisha Slehri (Terry Sanford) 6-2, 6-2.
Finals: Hodges/Neal def. Emma Caroline Edge/Laura Hatcher (Terry Sanford) 6-4, 6-3.

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