And then there were two.
The Wayne Country Day tennis team looked sharp and needed just 90 minutes to shut out yet another team in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs. The No. 1 ranked Chargers quickly swept the doubles in a 5-0 decision against the No. 4 Spartans.
Wayne Country Day (15-0) picked up its ninth shutout of the season and next travels to Salem Academy to face No. 2 O’Neal School in the 2-A state championship meet on Saturday.
“I was nervous for the guys, not necessarily nervous for myself, just for them,” Wayne Country Day head coach David Flowers said. “You want to see them reach their main goal, which is a state championship.”
O’Neal currently boasts a 12-1 record.
In their two playoff meets, the Chargers have outscored the opposition 9-1 and played a little more than three total hours in two matches, with some matches lasting just 30 minutes.
Flowers is not worried about his team’s complacency. After losing to the Oakwood School in the 1-A state championship last season, the Chargers are hungry to avenge last year’s defeat.
“Last year they made the state championship in 1-A, but finished runner up,” Flowers said. “They set a goal to make the state championship again, and here they are. They did it.
“They’ve been there before, so they’ll keep taking care of business.”
In one of two singles matches that were completed, second-seeded Alec Fritzinger posted a shutout against Oliver Xu.
“I feel pretty good,” Fritzinger said. “When we took the three doubles matches, I felt pretty confident because we only had to win two singles. We played really well as a team.”
Top-seeded Sam Dively faced a 0-1 deficit in both sets of his singles match, but Dively rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 rout against Stefan Muntean.
“I’m glad we got through it, and I’m ready for Saturday,” Divley said. “I started out a little slow. I think I was more focused on the other matches, and just making sure we got that third doubles match in, but after we won it, I felt pretty good.”
Michael Geer, Charlie Dees, Max Young, and Peter Ye were all still on the court, but Dively’s victory gave the Chargers the 5-0 win.
Wayne Country Day has only allowed one point since a 7-2 win against Greenfield on April 30.