Clinton tennis claims conference crown


By Mike Carter - Sports Writer



Malissa Thames bears down on the ball and prepares to send it back to her opponent. Thames helped the Lady Horses clinch their third straight conference title, posting wins in both her singles matches.


Nicole Spell prepares to return a serve during a recent match. Spell posted both singles and doubles wins for the Lady Horses during this past weeks matches.


Clinton’s Lady Dark Horse tennis team took wins in two Four County Conference matches and in the process sealed their third straight conference title. The two wins improve the Lady Horses’ record to 13-2 overall and 6-0 in Four County Conference play.

Clinton traveled to Dublin on Tuesday afternoon to battle West Bladen. The Lady Dark Horses knocked of the Lady Knights by the score of 7-2. Singles winners were Zoey Harris, Malissa Thames, Halla Gilpin, Blake Daniel, and Skyler Simmons. Nicole Spell teamed with Blake Daniel and Halla Gilpin teamed with Sarah Sarp to take doubles matches and seal the match for Clinton.

The Lady Horses made a second trip in as many days to Bladen county, on Wednesday when they bused to Elizabethtown to take on East Bladen in a match that had been rained out earlier in the season. Clinton took no prisoners as the Lady Horses soundly defeated the Lady Eagles 9-0. The win giving the Lady Horses their third straight Four County Conference title.

Winning singles matches all in straight sets were Nicole Spell, Zoey Harris, Malissa Thames, Halla Gilpin, Blake Daniel, and Sarah Sarp. Doubles matches were taken by Halla Gilpin teamed with Skyler Simmons, Catherine Smith with Miranda Spell, and Mackenzie Barker with Brittany Montgomery.

After the match on Wednesday, Clinton Head Coach Robert Jones said, “I am pleased with our team, they have accomplished their goal of another conference title. Now we have to finish strong on Monday against Wallace-Rose Hill and get ready for the conference tournament and the playoffs. I encourage everyone to come out and support the girls”

Clinton will host Wallace-Rose Hill on Monday and then host the Four County Conference tournament on Wednesday, first serve set for 4pm for both days.

By Mike Carter

Sports Writer

Malissa Thames bears down on the ball and prepares to send it back to her opponent. Thames helped the Lady Horses clinch their third straight conference title, posting wins in both her singles matches.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DSC_8902.jpgMalissa Thames bears down on the ball and prepares to send it back to her opponent. Thames helped the Lady Horses clinch their third straight conference title, posting wins in both her singles matches.

Nicole Spell prepares to return a serve during a recent match. Spell posted both singles and doubles wins for the Lady Horses during this past weeks matches.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DSC_8886.jpgNicole Spell prepares to return a serve during a recent match. Spell posted both singles and doubles wins for the Lady Horses during this past weeks matches.
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