The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


March 4, 2013

Vikings tennis off to solid 2013 start

TARBORO — The Tarboro Vikings tennis team got off to an excellent start in 2013 season. The Vikings defeated the Greene Central Rams 7-1 in Eastern Plains Conference action.

Tarboro is playing under first-year head coach Rusty Holderness. He is expecting some goods things to happen with his talented group of players and was glad to get off on the right foot and defeat the Rams.

Tarboro's No. 1 seeded player Lane Long, got off to a tremendous start during his senior campaign. He won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0 against Robert Taylor. Long has been a dominate player for the Vikings during his career and has improved his overall game. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the conference this year.

The Vikings No. 2 seed Paul Nguyen also won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, while the Vikings third seeded player, Robbie Collins won 6-1, 6-1.

David McIntyre, which is the Vikings fourth seed,  had to win in a tie breaker set after splitting sets, 6-4, 2-6 against Dylan Costello. McIntyre managed to roll off some impressive points in the tie breaker set and win 10-7.

The fifth and sixth seeded players won their matches as well. No. 5 seed Emory Hare won his match 6-3, 7-5 and No. 6 seed Matthew Thompson won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

The Vikings' doubles teams had to play steady the entire match and won two out of three. The No. 3 seed doubles team of Hare and Cole McIntyre were the only team to drop their match 8-4.

Holderness said Cole McIntyre was playing at less then 100 percent, because he had been sick.

Holderness was pleased with his teams overall performance and believes they will have a productive season, especially after starting off with a win against the Rams. The Rams are usually at the top of the Eastern Plains Conference standings with the Vikings.

Tarboro's next match will be Tuesday when they host conference rivals the Beddingfield Bruins at 4 p.m.

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