NR tennis looks to dominate

Published 9:48 pm Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nansemond River High School’s girls’ tennis team is currently 3-0 and is expected to continue its dominance in recent years.

The Lady Warriors have been conference champions for the last three years and are looking to make this season their fourth championship run.

Last season’s PenSouth Conference set the team up for a first-ever appearance in the state tournament after finishing runner-up in the 5A South region.

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Nansemond River has a good chance of making a second consecutive appearance in the state tournament with the experience it has returned to the court.

Coach James “Shamus” Riley has returned his top five players from last season.

Leading the way is senior Erin Bonney. Bonney was the conference singles champion and qualified for the regionals for the past two years. She has a record of 38-12.

Junior Hannah Ramey is returning as a conference singles semifinalist from last season. Zion McCoy was the singles runner-up last year, giving Nansemond River a top-three that’s used to high-level competition.

Seniors Mackenzie Roach and Ariana Samuel round out the top five singles for the Lady Warriors.

Bonney and McCoy also were the PenSouth doubles champions the past two years. They qualified for regionals the last two years, as well. Samuel and Roach were the doubles conference runner-ups.

Nansemond River compiled a record of 16-3 last year. This season’s 3-0 start has come without the Lady Warriors losing a single match.

Riley is confident in the team’s ability this season and thinks his team has the potential to go further.

The Lady Warriors will take on Indian River at home today at 5:30 p.m. Nansemond River will look to make it four wins in a row.