The Fort Mill High Lady Jackets tennis team has not dropped a set in singles play during its 4-0 start.
Fort Mill beat both Northwestern and Lancaster last week and was rained out after arriving at Clover for a Region III match last Thursday.
“We definitely look stronger than we have in years past,” said Lady Jackets head coach Angela Niccum. “We have gained some really strong players.”
Players such as seventh-grader Suzette Smit, who led Fort Mill to a 7-0 win against Northwestern. Smit won 6-0, 6-0 in a No. 1 singles contest. No. 2 singles Rachel Brooks won 6-1, 6-2 and in No. 3 singles Reagan Paff won 6-3, 6-2.
At No. 4 singles, Ellie Prain won 6-1, 6-1 and at No. 5 singles Kaja Klages won 6-2, 6-2. Brooks and Smit then teamed up for a No 1 doubles win 8-1 before Shreya Katti and Preya Desai won 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 at No. 2 doubles.
In most cases, winning a tennis match at the high school level means winning four of seven matches, with two of those being doubles matches. Niccum said having Smit at No. 1 singles and Brooks at No 2 singles, and then having them team for No. 1 doubles puts Fort Mill at an advantage.
“With two of them at No. 1 doubles, that is three lines that we are incredibly strong at,” Niccum said.
Against Lancaster, Fort Mill won 4-0 and had the match shortened due to lightning in the area.
Brooks won No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0. Klages won at No. 4 singles by the same score and Jessica Brewer won at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-0. Desai and Katti teamed to win at No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-0. The other singles matches were stopped in the second sets with Fort Mill leading.
The Lady Jackets will have its toughest test to date this week with road matches against Clover and Nation Ford.