Bartlett Yancey girls tennis picked up its first win of the season, defeating Graham, 8-1, last Tuesday. 

BY (1-5, 1-4 Mid-State 2A) won five of its six singles matches. Seniors Cameron and Carrie Brown along with junior Sarah-Kate Watlington each won their matches by scores of 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Celina Henderson picked up a win as well, knocking off sophomore Kayla Duran by scores of 6-1, 6-1. 

The Bucs ran the table in doubles action, as Cameron and Carrie Brown and Watlington and Bouchard each won 8-0.  Henderson and sophomore Brittney Miller completed the three-match sweep with an 8-4 win. 

BY’s record doesn’t match its talent as four of its five losses have come against perennial powerhouses North Carolina School of Science & Math and Durham School of the Arts. 

Tuesday’s sweep gives the Bucs some verification heading into their final three matches. 

“I think this was so needed,” said coach Mary Beth Brown. “We played the toughest powerhouse teams right at the start of our season. This win will definitely boost the girls confidence. At the end of the day, they’re playing to win.” 

BY made the 42-mile trip to Durham last Monday, beginning its week with a match against Durham School of the Arts. 

The Bucs fought hard, but in the end, fell to the Bulldogs by a score of 8-1. 

Watlington got BY’s lone win out of the three singles spot, defeating junior Lauren Pippin, 6-4, 6-0. 

Kelsie Hooper was named the Bucs’ player of the match. 

BY gets a 12-day break, before traveling back to Durham for a matchup against N.C. School of Science on Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m.