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KNIGHTDALE — Knightdale’s girls tennis team broke a nine-match losing streak by defeating South Garner 7-2 at home Sept. 25.

It was their second win of the season (third if counting a forfeit by South Garner earlier in the season before they had a team) after going winless since 2016.

“The girls pulled together and played well,” said Cody Wire, the team’s head coach. “We gained the edge in some really tough matchups. It marks the third win this season, and everyone was in very high spirits following the match.”

The doubles teams played first and the Knights won two of the three matches. Fatima Vara-Chavez and Aria Johnson defeated their opponents 8-5 in a marathon match. Daniella Lino-Perez and Adia Johnson won more easily, 8-0. Leslie Romero Aguilar and Tahli Preuc lost a hard-fought match 8-6.

The girls took the courts for singles with a 2-1 lead and quickly increased it when Sarah Nguyen won 8-0 at number five singles. Melanie Palochak followed with another 8-0 win at four singles. Cassidy Narron put the match away by winning 8-3 at number two singles.

Sandra Granados finished off her opponent at number six singles 8-1, followed by Consonna Pitts at number three, 8-3. Camilla Diaz dropped her match at number one singles, 8-5. The team has several conference matches left in the regular season before the tournament championship. The improvement this season is obvious the players and coaches on the team.

“The team grew from five last year to 18 players this year,” Wire said. “We had 13 beginner players at the start of the season and have become a well-rounded team. We have had a rough season in our conference, but the girls have all improved greatly. Next year will be a very different story for the Knights women’s tennis team.”

Knightdale is out of contention for the NAC 6 conference after losing to Corinth Holders 9-0 on the road Sept. 26. The Knights are 0-9 in conference play. Their final game of the season was against Wake Forest at home Wednesday but the results were not reported by press deadline.