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The Greenfield School girls tennis team celebrated the first match at its brand new facility in the best possible way as the Lady Knights overcame Ridgecroft School 5-4 in the first round of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoffs Friday.
Greenfield, the No. 4 seed, got doubles wins from Jade Pridgen-Luisa Lee and Mae Pridgen-Alex Garner at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. That was enough to propel the Lady Knights to their first playoff win since 2012 on the first tennis matches played at the Laura Leslie Crudup Tennis Complex, named after a longtime teach at tennis supporter at the school.
Jade Pridgen, Margaret Covington and Garner all notched singles wins in straight sets as Greenfield (5-5) and Ridgecroft (1-11), the No. 5 seed, were knotted 3-3 heading into doubles.
Pridgen downed Gracie Boswell 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 while Covington claimed her No. 5 match against Reagan Edwards 6-0, 6-3. Garner fought to a 6-4, 6-4 conquest of Camille Pierce at No. 6. The win was Garner’s 10th of the season in singles.
Avery Vester split her first two sets against Ridgecroft’s Matty Grace Gilliam on the No. 1 singles court before Gilliam prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker.
The Lady Knights will play at top-seeded Kerr-Vance Academy in the semifinals Tuesday in Henderson. The Lady Spartans swept No. 8 Community Christian 9-0 in the first round to improve to 14-1.
GREENFIELD 5, RIDGECROFT 4
Matty Grace Gilliam (R) def. Avery Vester 3-6, 6-3, (1-0); Claire Place (R) def. Ryann Jennings 6-0, 6-1; Jade Pridgen (G) def. Gracie Boswell 6-3, 6-0; Belle Turner (R) def. Luisa Lee 6-0, 6-0; Margaret Covington (G) def. Reagan Edwards 6-0, 6-3; Alex Garner (G) def. Camille Pierce 6-4, 6-4.
Gilliam-Place (R) def. Vester-Jennings 8-6; J. Pridgen-Lee (G) def. Boswell-Turner 8-4; Garner-Mae Pridgen (G) def. Pierce-Sydney Jones 8-1.