RED OAK -- Northern Nash's five returning starters this season -- compared to just one for Franklinton -- didn't add up to a hotly contested matchup during Tuesday's Big East Conference girls tennis showdown.
Instead, the homestanding Lady Knights rolled to an impressive 9-0 triumph over the rebuilding Lady Rams at the NNHS Tennis Courts.
Northern Nash's dominant start to the 2019 campaign now features an unblemished 7-0 overall team mark.
The Lady Knights have won 56 out of a possible 61 singles or doubles matches -- including a sweep of Tuesday's festivities.
Heading into the meeting, Franklinton head coach Dale Byrns knew his young team was a decided underdog, so he kept his goals to a minimum.
Byrns hoped his club would be able to win at least a few games, and the Lady Rams did just that -- taking 13 of them.
But Northern Nash, coached by Elaina Ingram, was simply too strong overall as the Lady Knights were not threatened in any of the singles or doubles matches.
And here's the best news for Northern Nash -- the Lady Knights have just one senior in Nisaja Thomas, who is currently lining up at the No. 2 Singles position.
No. 1 Singles standout Chloe Harrington is only a sophomore and has gone 7-0 while losing just a trio of games to date.
Northern Nash and Franklinton will meet again September 26 at the FHS Courts in Franklin County.
Tuesday's match results were as follows:
Northern Nash 9,
• No. 1 Singles -- Chloe Harrington (Northern Nash) def. Emma Styers 6-1, 6-0
• No. 2 Singles -- Nisaja Thomas (Northern Nash) def. Alaina Holden 6-1, 6-0
• No. 3 Singles -- Lisa Dees (Northern Nash) def. Kaylee Vereen 6-0, 6-0
• No. 4 Singles -- Paige Ward (Northern Nash) def. Madison Long 6-2, 6-1
• No. 5 Singles -- Meredith Vaughan (Northern Nash) def. Ashlynn Ray 6-1, 6-1
• No. 6 Singles -- Kaileigh Lee (Northern Nash) def. Taylor Williams 6-2, 6-1
• No. 1 Doubles -- Harrington-Thomas (Northern Nash) def. Styers-Holden 8-1
• No. 2 Doubles -- Ward-Vaughan (Northern Nash) def. Vereen-Long 8-1
• No. 3 Doubles -- Dees-Lee (Northern Nash) def. Ray-Grace Elliott 8-1
• Record -- Northern Nash 7-0 as a team
Pictured (Above): TOP KNIGHT. Sophomore Chloe Harrington has been a standout at No. 1 Singles this season for the undefeated Northern Nash High School girls tennis squad under coach Elaina Ingram. (Graphic photos by Geoff Neville)