Dark Horses clinch tennis title


By Mike Carter - Sports Writer



Clinton’s Jared Hall returns a serve during a singles match earlier this season. To view more photos from this match, visit the sports section on atthe18foto.smugmug.com.


Clinton’s men’s tennis team was busy last week competing in three matches. The Dark Horses protected their perfect record and with the Wednesday win over Wallace-Rose Hill clinched at least a share of the Four County Conference regular season crown.

On Monday afternoon the Dark Horses traveled to Elizabethtown to face East Duplin in a Four County Conference doubleheader and came out victorious in both matches by score of 5-1 in the first match and 8-1 in the nightcap.

Winning singles in both matches were Jared Hall, Luke Swartz, Peter Darden, Turner Wells, and Rick Daughtry. Doubles winners in the second match were Jared Hall with Peter Darden, Luke Swartz with Turner Wells, and Rick Daughtry with Wesley Cowand.

The Dark Horses clinched at least a share of their third consecutive Four County conference championship on Wednesday with two 6-0 victories over Wallace-Rose Hill. Winning singles in the first match were John Fox, Jared Hall, Luke Swartz, Tyler Kersey, Peter Darden, and Turner Wells.

Winning the second singles matches were Zach Darden, Jared Hall, Luke Swartz, Tyler Kersey, Rick Daughtry, and Wesley Cowand. Clinton’s win over the Bulldogs moves their record 12-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference.

The Horses stepped out of conference on Thursday when they hosted East Duplin. The Dark Horses took care of business with a 6-1 win over the Panthers at the Dark Horse Tennis Complex.

Winning singles matches were Zach Darden, Jared Hall, Luke Swartz, Peter Darden, and Turner Wells. Peter Darden and Turner Wells won the only doubles match of the day.

After the match on Thursday, Clinton head coach Robert Jones commented on another successful week on the courts, saying “We had a fantastic week of tennis. Clinching at least a share of our third consecutive conference title is a great accomplishment for the seniors on the team. Hopefully we will continue to improve and make some noise in the state playoffs coming up in May.”

The Dark Horses are now 13-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play. Clinton will put its perfect record on the line when the Lumberton Pirates come calling on Monday afternoon. The non-conference match is set for a 4 o’clock first serve.

Reach Mike Carter at [email protected]

By Mike Carter

Sports Writer

Clinton’s Jared Hall returns a serve during a singles match earlier this season. To view more photos from this match, visit the sports section on atthe18foto.smugmug.com.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_DSC_9794.jpgClinton’s Jared Hall returns a serve during a singles match earlier this season. To view more photos from this match, visit the sports section on atthe18foto.smugmug.com.

Reach Mike Carter at [email protected]

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