Greene Central Breaks Through After 7 Straight Runner-up Finishes


BURLINGTON-- Greene Central made its eighth consecutive appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association women’s dual team tennis championships one to remember.



Greene Central, after finishing as state runner-up for the last seven years, broke through to win the state crown over Salisbury by a 5-2 count in the state 2-A finals at the Burlington Tennis Center on Saturday.





Greene Central took four of the six singles matches and then clinched it when the number-two doubles team of Christi Murphy and Ashley Harrell won their match.

Salisbury wound up with a 21-3 record while Greene Central finished at 24-1 under head coach Donald Clark.



In 4-A,defending champion Greensboro Page knocked off powerful Raleigh Broughton 6-0 in a battle of unbeaten teams, sweeping all of the matches in straight sets.



Page ran its record to 20-0 in beating Broughton for the second straight year in the final. Broughton was making its 11th consecutive appearance in the state championship match.



Jamestown Ragsdale took the 3-A crown, blanking Pikeville C.B. Aycock 6-0. Ragsdale completed a perfect 21-0 campaign while Aycock finished 20-2.



North Stokes downed Hampstead Topsail 5-1 in the 1-A final in a rematch of last year’s championiship, losing only at the number six singles. North Stokes earned its 20th dual team victory against no losses this season while Topsail dropped to 10-1.

Doubles were not played if the outcome had already been decided.





NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

16th ANNUAL WOMEN’S STATE DUAL TEAM TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington





CLASS 1-A: NORTH STOKES 5, HAMPSTEAD TOPSAIL 1

Singles: Kasey Mabe (NS) def. Franceca Radi 6-0, 6-4; Laken Joyce (NS) def. Morgan McGee 6-1, 6-1; Jenni Kimmich (NS) def. Kylie Moeller 6-0, 6-0; Tanna Tilley (NS) def. Kaitlin Powers 6-0, 6-1; Brittany Sams (NS) def. Martha Morris 6-3, 7-5; Brittany Cockreil (T) def. Cassidy Goin 6-2, 4-6, (8-6).

Doubles: not played with outcome decided.



CLASS 2-A: GREENE CENTRAL 5, SALISBURY 2

Singles: Meredith Rouse (GC) def. Susie Wear 6-3, 6-2; Christina Dunkin (S) def. Christi Murphy 6-7(6), 6-4, (7-5); Ashley Harrell (GC) def. Chris Leonard 6-1, 6-1; Michelle Jernigan (GC) def. Meredith Weisler 6-7(7), 7-6(5), (11-9); Brittany Horton (GC) def. Casey Collins 6-4, 6-1; Ellen Emerson (S) def. Elizabeth Cooper 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles: Rouse-Horton (GC) led. Emerson-Leonard 7-4 when match was stopped; Murphy-Harrell (GC) def. Dunkin-Collins 10-4; Wear-Weisler (S) led Jernigan-Cooper 8-5 when match was stopped.



CLASS 3-A: JAMESTOWN RAGSDALE 6, PIKEVILLE C.B. AYCOCK 0

Singles: Cameron Chatman (Rags) def. Raychel Batts 6-0, 6-0; Catherine Wood (Rags) def. Carlyn Claiborne 6-1, 7-6 (3); Sruthi Cherkur (Rags) def. Nicole Taylor 6-0, 3-6, (7-4); Naadia Crutchfield (Rags) def. Laine Purcell 6-1, 6-1; Chelsea Chatman (Rags) def. Lizzie Sodoma 6-0, 3-6, (7-5); Paris Sims (Rags) def. Kristen Prosser 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles: not played with outcome decided.



CLASS 4-A: GREENSBORO PAGE 6, RALEIGH BROUGHTON 0

Singles: Catherine Newman (P) def. Amanda Cash 6-1, 6-1; Caroline Newman (P) def. Ali Dixon 6-0, 6-1; Brooke Walter (P) def. Marianne Simpson 6-4, retired; Jennifer Stone (P) def. Martha Williams 6-0, 6-0; Jennifer Ansari (P) def. Katie Plott 6-1, 6-2; Christin Newman (P) def. Berry Faust 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles: not played with outcome decided.