Clayton grabbed a key early-season Greater Neuse River 4A Conference tennis victory Monday afternoon over rival Garner, 6-3.
The win moved Clayton to 4-0 overall on the season and extended its conference dual match winning streak to 53 consecutive victories. The Comets, who have won the last five GNRC league titles, are 3-0 in the conference this season.
The Comets jumped out to a 4-2 advantage in singles play with Katherine Riley’s three-set tiebreaker win over Garner’s Elizabeth Pittman swinging the singles tally in Clayton’s favor. Riley took the opening set, 7-6, on an 8-6 tiebreaker win, before Pittman answered in the second set with a 6-4 decision. Riley prevailed 10-8 in the third-set tiebreaker.
Other winners for Clayton in singles were top-seeded Carmelle Joyner, 6-0, 6-0, over Hannah Hamlin, Logan Boykin (6-4, 6-3) over Garner’s Nicole Root and Spencer Rich (7-6 (8-6), 6-1) over Madison Ebri.
The Trojans picked up wins from Sarah Hamlin at No. 2 singles in a 6-4, 6-0 decision over Elezcia Singletary and from Alyssa Clark at No. 5 in a three-set win over Maya Guha, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5.
Clayton won two of three doubles matches with Joyner and Riley downing the Hamlin sisters, 8-1 and Singletary and Boykin topping Pittman and Clark, 8-5.
Ebri and Root edged Clayton’s Guha and Rich 8-6 for Garner’s only doubles victory.