10/14/10 — Local teams show well in ECC tennis tourney

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Local teams show well in ECC tennis tourney

By Staff Reports
Published in Sports on October 14, 2010 1:46 PM

SNOW HILL -- Another all-Wayne County affair -- almost.

Eastern Wayne goes after singles and doubles championships today in the season-ending, Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' tennis tournament.

The top-seeded tandem of Joann Talton-Janielle Daniel opposes teammates Grace Delbridge-Jackie Johnson in the title tilt. Talton-Daniel, the top seed, lost just three games in two matches en route to the final.

Delbridge-Johnson defeated Charles B. Aycock's tandem of Abbey Strickland-Katie Gurley in the semifinals to set up the Warriors' showdown. Strickland-Gurley faces teammates Harlie Howard-Misty Edwards in the third-place match.

All four teams have qualified for the eastern regional.

Top-seeded Miller Delbridge squares off against second-seeded Cailin Goff in the singles championship. Delbridge surrendered just four games in three straight-set victories, while Goff avoided a semifinal-round upset against the Warriors' Amber Miller.

Delbridge and Goff split their regular-season meetings.

Miller takes on Southern Wayne's Jessica Best for third place. Best, who was the Saints' No. 1 seed during regular-season play, eliminated North Lenoir's Catherine Shelton and Aycock's Brittany Parrish before falling to Delbridge in the semifinals.

Delbridge, Goff, Miller and Best will advance to the regionals.