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Rams and Wolverines highlight NAC 6 tennis tournament

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WAKE FOREST — Rolesville’s girls tennis team won the NAC 6 conference championship, while Wakefield won the doubles championship after the NAC 6 conference tournament this past week.

Rolesville’s Jade Houston won first place in the singles championship after beating Heritage’s Chase Easterwood. Her Rams teammate Sam Lopez won third place. Wake Forest’s Britney West won fourth place and Wakefield’s Julia Scott finished fifth.

In doubles play, Wakefield’s Bliss Dowden and Emma Hulicki won first place. Their teammates Lauren Carter and Mia Taylor finished runner-up. Rolesville’s Camryn Straughn and Ashley Kelly came in third place. Wake Forest’s Katie Dickerson and Emma Dean finished fourth and their teammates Julia Foley and Sophie Padalecki placed fifth.

Rolesville’s Houston, Straughn and Tori Miles were named NAC 6 all-conference. Dowden, Hulicki and Carter made the all-conference team for Wakefield. Wake Forest’s Dickerson and Padalecki made the all-conference squad, as well as Heritage’s Easterwood.

Wakefield head coach Ken Stewart was named the conference coach of the year for guiding the Wolverines to a 9-3 overall record and a tie for first place in the NAC 6 conference regular season at 9-1.

Houston was named the conference player of the year. The senior went undefeated at 10-0 this year at the No. 1 spot. She also won a total of five doubles matches.

The final conference standings for the NAC 6 were Rolesville at first, Wakefield at second, Wake Forest at third, Corinth Holders at fourth, Heritage at fifth and Knightdale coming in last place.

Rolesville made the 4A state playoffs as a No. 1 seed and Wakefield will play as a No. 2 seed. Both of them played Wednesday in the first round, but the results did not reach press deadline.