Four Championships Decided In NCHSAA Women's Dual Team Tennis


BURLINGTON – Led by state 4-A singles champion Grace Baker, Charlotte Myers Park swept five of the six singles matches and downed East Chapel Hill 5-1 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association dual team tennis championships at the Burlington Tennis Center on Saturday.

Myers Park completed a perfect 18-0 season and won its first NCHSAA state 4-A women’s dual team tennis final in five trips to the championship match. The Mustangs slipped past four-time defending state 4-A champion Greensboro Page 5-4 on Thursday in the regional round.

East Chapel Hill (21-2), runner-up for the second consecutive year, got its only point on a win by Megan Huang at the number-two singles. Jennifer Huang of East lost to Baker at number-one singles in a rematch of last week’s state 4-A singles championship.

In a battle of unbeatens in the 3-A championship, Asheville T.C. Roberson upended Wilson Fike 5-1, winning the first five singles matches in straight sets. Roberson won its fourth state championship in four appearances in the final.

Fike wound up 18-1 while Roberson earned its 22nd victory of the season against no losses.

Salisbury won its fifth NCHSAA women’s dual team state championship with a convincing 5-1 decision over Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, sweeping the first five singles matches to take the title.

Salisbury made its fourth straight appearance in the state championship match and finished 23-1 overall. Gibbons, in the finals for the second time in the last three years, wound up 19-5.

The grueling 1-A match lasted over four hours, as East Wilkes retained its perfect record on the season by defeating Raleigh Charter 5-2.

East, which finished the year 21-0, won four of the six singles but did not clinch the title until the number-three doubles team of Jessica Taylor and Amber Jennings won their match.

Raleigh Charter closed the season with an 18-4 record. Both schools were making their initial appearance in the women’s dual team finals.



Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington

Saturday’s Championship Results

CLASS 4-A: Charlotte Myers Park 5, East Chapel Hill 1

Singles: Grace Baker (MP) def. Jennifer Huang 6-2, 6-3; Megan Huang (ECH) def. Kelsey Sherck 3-6, 6-3, (12-10); Emily Carpenter (MP) def. Tamara Hill 3-6, 6-3, (10-6); Anna Rickenbaker (MP) def. Tessa Johnson 6-2, 6-4; Olivia Turnbull (MP) def. Tegan Flynn 6-3, 6-1; Jessica Perez (MP) def. Jasmine Sun 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: not played with outcome of match decided.

CLASS 3-A: Asheville T.C. Roberson 5, Wilson Fike 1

Singles: Maya Blue Stauffer-MacDowell ITCR) def. Mary-Katherine Prince 7-5, 6-4; Erin Williams (TCR) def. Mallory Short 6-2, 6-1; Lauren Vaughn (TCR) def. Meredith Pruden 6-0, 6-1; Elle Klein (TCR) def. Connor Allegood 6-4, 6-2; Shannon Melrose (TCR) def. Sarah Flinn 6-4, 6-1; Katelyn Suggs (F) def. Sydney Hedberg 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles: not played with outcome of match decided.

CLASS 2-A: Salisbury 5, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 1

Singles: Hannah Lebowitz (S) def. Lauren Brooker 6-0, 6-3; Kirstin Meyerhoeffer (S) def. Casey Perriccio 6-4, 0-6, (11-9); Brooke Johnson (S) def. Ally Tucker 6-3, 7-5; Shea Comadoll (S) def. Meredith Masteller 6-0, 6-1l; Joy Loeblein (S) def. Rachel Lynch-Daniels 6-3, 6-3; Cori Krause (CG) def. Erika Nelson 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles: not played with outcome of match decided.

CLASS 1-A: East Wilkes 5, Raleigh Charter 2

Singles: Lori Wang (RC) def. Jessica Elmore 6-1, 6-0; Brianna Fulp (EW) def. Caroline Chandler 6-2, 1-6, (10-6); Lauren Stutts (EW) def. Margaret Gaines 6-0, 6-1; Christine Diepanbrock (RC) def. Amy Hill 6-1, 7-6 (6); Jessica Taylor (EW) def. Mahati Sridhar 6-2, 6-2; Amber Jennings (EW) def. Aardi Thakker 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles: Wang-Gaines (RC) led Elmore-Fulp 7-6 when match stopped with outcome of championship decided; Stutts-Hill (EW) led Chandler-Sridhar 8-3 when match stopped with outcome of championship decided; Taylor-Jennings (EW) def. Diepanbrock-Thakker 10-3