Revised on: 10.10.2018 at 03:23 p.m.
Posted on: 10.8.2018 at 07:27 p.m.
In an effort to play its complete Three Rivers Conference slate of matches, Whiteville took on East Columbus in a Saturday tennis double header. The Wolfpack swept the two matches by scores of 9-0 and 8-1. Afterwards, it was realized that Whiteville had exceeded the weekly limit of four matches, having already played on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
The result after self-reporting the violation to the NCHSAA was a forfeiture of the fifth match of the week. This resulted in East Columbus receiving credit for a win in Saturday’s second match.
Whiteville’s record fell to 13-4 (instead of 14-3) and East Columbus improved to 6-9 (instead of 5-10). Not only did Whiteville lose a game in the win column, but it also meant that a win against South Columbus (12-2) on Monday would no longer be enough to move past the Stallions into second place in the conference standings.
It appears that Whiteville and West Columbus will be the only two Three Rivers squads to play all 18 regular season conference matches. In some cases as many as three TRC matches will not be played. League standings for playoff berth purposes will be based on winning percentage in conference matches. West Columbus would clinch the league’s only automatic playoff berth with a win over winless South Robeson Tuesday.
With the conference singles and doubles tournaments Wednesday and Thursday, it was difficult to find available playing dates to make up matches. The NCHSAA did not extend the Girls Tennis season, nor did it allow additional matches to be played in a week. Football, Volleyball and Boys Soccer all were granted some type of relief with making up contests. The reporting day for Girls Tennis individual and dual team qualifiers is Monday, October 15. The dual team deadline is 6 a.m. and the individual deadline is 3 p.m.
The Three Rivers Conference has two automatic qualifiers. West Bladen has locked up the number one TRC playoff seed. Either South Columbus or Whiteville will get the second automatic playoff berth. Whichever school that does not earn the second berth will be a candidate for one of the three wildcard spots available.