GRACE MEYER

Croatan’s No. 1 singles player Grace Meyer easily dispatches her Swansboro opponent 6-0, 6-2. (Zack Nally photo)

SWANSBORO — The Croatan girls tennis team improved to 4-0 on Friday with a 9-0 victory over Swansboro.

It was the Cougars’ second straight blanking of the Pirates (2-4) and their third of the season. The rematch with Swansboro was a reschedule from a Thursday rainout.

There were no straight-set shutouts in singles play with the Bucs, but four Croatan netters – Grace Meyer at No. 1, Tayla Statham at No. 4, Marissa Falcone at No. 5 and Haley Hartman at No. 6 – each had a 6-0 set in their victories.

The closest match was a 6-3, 6-3 win by Grace Blair at No. 3 over Mia Lucero.

The Cougars used singles starters in two of the three doubles matchups, but Olivia Fails and Laura Phillips took the court for the first time that afternoon for an 8-1 win at No. 3 over Nevaeh Brown and Claire Bamber.

After going 14 days without a match, Croatan will play three matches this week. It traveled to White Oak on Tuesday, will host Greene Central today (Wednesday) and Dixon on Thursday.

Here are results of the match:

Croatan 9, Swansboro 0

Singles

No. 1: Grace Meyer (C) def. Annabelle Henderson (S), 6-0, 6-2.

No. 2: Arianna Cope (C) def. Joelle Wagner (S), 6-2, 6-1.

No. 3: Grace Blair (C) def. Mia Lucero (S), 6-3, 6-3.

No. 4: Tayla Statham (C) def. Carolena Gongora (S), 6-0, 6-1.

No. 5: Marissa Falcone (C) def. Claire Bamber (S), 6-0, 6-1.

No. 6: Haley Hartman (C) def. Peyton Eckert (S), 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles

No. 1: Cope/Statham (C) def. Henderson/Wagner (S), 8-3.

No. 2: Blair/Falcone (C) def. Lucero/Gongora (S), 8-1.

No. 3: Olivia Fails/Laura Phillips (C) def. Nevaeh Brown/Bamber (S), 8-1.

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