Matt Outlaw and Tremel Davis came together as a doubles team for the first time just before this season after playing with different partners all of last year.
At the NCHSAA 3-A state tournament at Barton College, the pair from Northern Nash couldn’t pick up the big points it needed, falling, 6-2, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.
“We didn’t capitalize on chances that we had on big points,” Northern Nash coach Henry Drake said. “A lot of games went to deuce, and we just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Outlaw and Davis won their first match but were ousted by one of two teams Marvin Ridge sent to the tournament.
“We’d play an exceptional point and then just have an unforced error come in,” said Drake, whose team won in straight sets in the first round. “It wasn’t a lack of focus. It was because Marvin Ridge was just solid all the way around.”
Nash Central’s Jackson Willis reached the state quarterfinals in the individual tournament before falling, 6-0, 6-1, and Rocky Mount High’s Kevin Ramirez lost in the first round of the tournament, 6-1, 6-2.