Women's Tennis Action Complete On First Day Of State Tournament

NCHSAA 1-A WOMEN'S TENNIS



PAIRINGS SET FOR SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 1-A



CARY -- Megan Shelton of East Surry did not lose a game in two matches on Friday to advance to the singles championship in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women's tennis tournament championships at the Cary Tennis Center.



Shelton, the number one player from the West Regional, will take on Lori Wang of Raleigh Charter, the East Regional's top player, in the singles final on Saturday morning at 9:30. Wang won twice in straight sets on the tournament's first day.



In doubles, the number one team from the East Regional, Teresa Pincus and Laura Outlaw of Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math, came from a set down in the opening match and won twice Friday to earn a berth in the championship.



Pincus and Outlaw will take on Mount Airy's Ellie Case and Jordan Gwyn, the Western Regional champs, who both of their matches in straight sets.



The doubles final will begin upon conclusion of the singles championship. Wendy's is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.



2009 STATE 1-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cary Tennis Center--Friday's Results



Singles --Quarterfinals

Megan Shelton (East Surry) def. Katy Hoff (Rosewood) 6-0, 6-0; Jessica Gentry (Alleghany) def. Nelessa Lewis (Durham N.C. Science and Math) 6-3, 6-1; Lori Wang (Raleigh Charter) def. Anna Melton (Avery County) 6-0, 6-2; Jordan Jackson (Mount Airy) def. Chelsea Winstead (Dixon) 6-0, 6-0.



Singles--Semifinals

Shelton (East Surry) def. Gentry (Alleghany), 6-0, 6-0; Wang (Raleigh Charter) def. Jackson (Mount Airy) 6-3, 6-1.



Singles--Championship

Megan Shelton (East Surry) vs. Lori Wang (Raleigh Charter), 9:30 am Saturday



Doubles--Quarterfinals

Ellie Case-Jordan Gwyn (Mount Airy) def. Brook Lewis-Julia Taylor (Dixon) 6-0, 6-1;

Myranda Blake-Delana Hinson (East Montgomery) def. Kate Matthews-Sara Chesson (Williamston) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Teresa Pincus-Laura Outlaw (Durham N.C. Science and Math) def. Amy Hill-Jessica Taylor (East Wilkes) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Elizabeth Davis-Emily Ciriano (Kernersville Bishop McGuinness) def. Caroline Chandler-Mahati Sridhar (Raleigh Charter) 6-1, 6-1.



Doubles--Semifinals

Case-Gwyn (Mount Airy) def. Blake-Hinson (East Montgomery) 7-5, 7-5; Pincus-Outlaw (NCSSM) def. Davis-Ciriano (Bishop McGuiness) 6-3, 6-2.



Doubles--Championship

Ellie Case-Jordan Gwyn (Mount Airy) vs. Teresa Pincus-Laura Outlaw (N.C. School of Science and Math), Saturday following singles championship





NCHSAA 2-A WOMEN'S TENNIS



TOP SINGLES PLAYERS MARCH THROUGH EARLY ROUNDS IN 2-A



CARY -- Salisbury's Hannah Lebowitz lost only one game in four sets on Friday to march into the singles semifinals in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women's tennis tournament championships at the Cary Tennis Center.



Lebowitz, the number one player from the Midwest Regional, will face Shelby's Hillary Lutz in one morning semifinal while West Lincoln's Laura Baker takes on Hannah Herlocker of North Stanly in the other. Baker took three of her four Friday sets at love while Herlocker also advanced with little trouble.



Lebowitz was part of a state 2-A doubles championship team a year ago but this year earned a spot in singles.



In doubles, three of the top four teams from regional play advanced to the semifinals. The Waxhaw Cuthbertson duo of McKenna Karas and Kalli Karas, the number-two team from the Midwest Regional, knocked off the number-one Mideast team, Claire Pauley and Catherine Shachtman of Pittsboro Northwood, in the opening round.



Karas and Karas will battle Claire and Anne Rinaldo of East Lincoln in the semifinals while Greene Central's Lauren Carraway and Elizabeth McLawhorn take on Salisbury's Erick Nelson and Katelyn Storey.



Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday morning at 9 am with the winners advancing to the state championship matches later in the day.



Wendy's is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.



2009 STATE 2-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cary Tennis Center--Friday's Results



Singles--First Round

Jessica Patterson (Hampstead Topsail) def. Tara Dockery (Surry Central) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; Hillary Lutz (Shelby) def. Lindsey Pyrtle (Siler City Jordan-Matthews) 6-1, 6-0; Hannah Lebowitz (Salisbury) def. Morgan Sheehan (Swansboro) 6-0, 6-0; Lauren Fuller (Brevard) def. Jennifer Devinney (Pittsboro Northwood) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Francie Trent (Reidsville) def. Suzy Cedrone (North Lincoln) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3; Hannah Herlocker (North Stanly) def. Paige Chase (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) 6-1, 6-0; Laura Baker (West Lincoln) def. Rachel Crenshaw (St. Pauls) 6-0, 6-0; Elizabeth Leary (Edenton Holmes) def. Joy Loeblein (Salisbury) 6-3, 6-3.



Singles--Quarterfinals

Lutz (Shelby) def. Patterson (Topsail) 7-6(3), 6-4; Lebowitz (Salisbury) def. Fuller (Brevard) 6-0, 6-1; Herlocker (North Stanly) def. Trent (Reidsville) 6-4, 6-0; Baker (West Lincoln) def. Leary (Edenton Holmes) 6-0, 6-2.



Singles--Semifinals, Saturday at 9 am

Hillary Lutz (Shelby) vs. Hannah Lebowitz (Salisbury)

Hannah Herlocker (North Stanly) vs. Laura Baker (West Lincoln)



Doubles--First Round

Lauren Carraway-Elizabeth McLawhorn (Greene Central) def. Courtney Bowers-Lizzie Hanes (Ashe County) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1; Abbey Black-Kaylyn Key (Maiden) def. Mary Rodgman-Megan Mauriello (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge) 6-0, 6-1; Erika Nelson-Katelyn Storey (Salisbury) def. Samantha Taylor-Abby Sugg (Greene Central) 6-4, 7-6 (3); Katie Honer-Hunter Hall (Brevard) def. Amanda Clark-Hannah Brown (Siler City Jordan-Matthews) 6-1, 6-0; Claire Pauley-Catherine Shachtman (Pittsboro Northwood) def. Emily Bridges-Victoria Beam (Shelby) 6-2, 6-0; McKenna Karas-Kalli Karas (Waxhaw Cuthbertson) def. Abigail Armstrong-Bailey Proctor (Tarboro) 6-3, 6-4;Claire Rinaldo-Anne Rinaldo (East Lincoln) def. Dzidzai Muyengwa-Kimberly Kinnin (Roanoke Rapids) 6-1, 6-1; Jessica Halso-Sabrina Gillenwater (East Duplin) def. Elizabeth Deeck-Kayte Hahn (North Stanly) 6-3, 6-4.



Doubles--Quarterfinals

Carraway-McLawhorn (Greene Central) def. Black-Key (Maiden) 6-3, 6-3; Nelson-Storey (Salisbury) def. Honer-Hall (Brevard) 6-4, 6-0; M.Karas-K.Karas (Cuthbertson) def. Pauler-Shachtman (Northwood) 7-6 (3), 6-4; C. Rinaldo-A. Rinaldo (East Lincoln) def. Halso-Gillenwater (East Duplin) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.



Doubles--Semifinals, Saturday at 9 am

Lauren Carraway-Elizabeth McLawhorn (Greene Central) vs. Erika Nelson-Katelyn Storey (Salisbury)

McKenna Karas-Kalli Karas (Waxhaw Cuthbertson) vs. Claire Rinaldo-Anne Rinaldo (East Lincoln)



NCHSAA 3-A WOMEN'S TENNIS



WILSON FIKE'S PRINCE MOVES INTO SINGLES SEMIFINALS; BURLINGTON WILLIAMS TEAM HAS STRONG SHOWING



BURLINGTON-- Mary-Katherine Prince of Wilson Fike hopes the fourth time is the charm.



Prince is making her fourth trip to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women's tennis tournament championship and advanced to the semifinals with a pair of straight set victories on Friday at the Burlington Tennis Center.



Prince has lost in the quarterfinals of the state tournament in each of the last three years but this time will play in a Saturday semifinal against Asheville's Mackenzie LaSure. LaSure dropped her first set in the quarterfinals to Ashley Verhein of Charlotte Catholic and was tied at 2-2 in the second when Verhein had to retire, moving LaSure into the semifinals.



Neena Wanko of Cameron Union Pines is in the other semifinal against Belmont South Point's Taylor Baird. Wanko, last year's 3-A singles runner-up, won her first match and then advanced by default over Weddington's Meredith Branham.



Baird defeated Lauren Brooker of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in the opening round. Brooker had won the state 2-A singles crown a year ago before her school moved up a classification in the new realignment.



In doubles, Caroline Kernodle and Helen Powell of Burlington Williams captured three of their four sets on Friday at love. The Williams team will face Lindsay Thomas and Kate Gray of Rocky Mount in one semifinal, with the other pitting Tori Helpingstine and Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) against Alix and Taylor Thodossiou (Asheville).



Wendy's is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.



2009 STATE 3-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Burlington Tennis Center--Friday's Results



Singles--First Round

Mary-Katherine Prince (Wilson Fike) def. Allison Bogs (Statesville) 6-1, 6-1; Tiffany Vanhpraseuth (Ledford) def. Amie Cloer (West Henderson) 6-3, 6-1; Ashley Verhein (Charlotte Catholic) def. Summer Phillips (South Brunswick) 6-0, 6-2; Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville) def. Massey DeMoss (Mayodan McMichael) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Neena Wanko (Cameron Union Pines) def. Taylor Haynes (Asheville) 6-0, 6-1; Meredith Branham (Weddington) def. Beth Batchelor (Washington) 7-5, 6-4; Taylor Baird (Belmont South Point) def. Lauren Brooker (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) 6-2, 6-2; Dominique Lindsay (Charlotte Harding) def. Randi Price (Northern Nash) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.



Singles--Quarterfinals

Prince (Fike) def. Vanhpraseuth (Ledford), 6-1, 6-2; LaSure (Asheville) def. Verhein (Charlotte Catholic) 4-6, 2-2, retired ; Wanko (Union Pines) won by default over Branham (Wedddington); Baird (South Point) def. Lindsay (Harding) 6-0, 6-0.



Singles--Semifinals, Saturday at 9 am

Mary-Katherine Prince (Wilson Fike) vs. Mackensie LaSure (Asheville)

Neena Wanko (Cameron Union Pines) vs. Taylor Baird (Belmont South Point)



Doubles--First Round

Lindsay Thomas-Kate Gray (Rocky Mount) def. Kindell Schmitt-Casey Rowe (Weddington) 7-6(7), 6-1; Caroline Smith-Cori Krause (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Andrea Bell-Savannah Herman (Franklin) 6-3, 6-4; Lucia Leahy-Megan Laframboise (Charlotte Catholic) def. Danielle Daniel-Warner Underwood (Eastern Wayne) 6-1, 6-0; Caroline Kernodle-Helen Powell (Burlington Williams) def. Megan Cox-Emily Litton (North Buncombe) 6-0, 6-0; Tori Helpingstine-Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) def. Chelsea Martin-Kelli Straka (Hickory St. Stephens) 6-0, 6-1; Mary Kathryn Ferebee-Kelly Tomlin (Charlotte Catholic) def. Addie Keeter-Caroline Nelson (Rocky Mount) 6-2, 7-5; Alix Thodossiou-Taylor Thodossiou (Asheville) def. Melissa Tally-Madison Kramer (Cameron Union Pines) 6-4, 6-2; Mallory Short-Meredith Pruden (Wilson Fike) def. Jasmine Carrothers-JaNey Carrothers (Charlotte Harding) 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2.



Doubles--Quarterfinals

Thomas-Gray (Rocky Mount) def. Smith-Krause (Cardinal Gibbons) 6-0, 2-6, 6-0; Kernodle-Powell (Burlington Williams) def. Leahy-Laframboise (Charlotte Catholic) 7-5, 6-0;

Helpingstine-Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) def. Ferebee-Tomlin (Charlotte Catholic) 6-1, 6-1; A. Thodossiou-T. Thodossiou (Asheville) def. Short-Pruden (Wilson Fike) 6-3, 6-3.



Doubles--Semifinals, Saturday at 9 am

Lindsay Thomas-Kate Gray (Rocky Mount) vs. Caroline Kernodle-Helen Powell (Burlington Williams)

Tori Helpingstine-Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) vs. Alix Thodossiou-Taylor Thodossiou (Asheville)







NCHSAA 4-A WOMEN'S TENNIS



DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMP BAKER MOVES INTO SEMIFINALS; BOTH EAST CHAPEL HILL DOUBLES TEAMS KEEP WINNING



RALEIGH -- All four number-one singles players from their respective regionals, including defending state champion Grace Baker of Charlotte Meyers Park, won two matches on Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women's tennis tournament championships at the Millbrook Exchange Park.



Baker will battle Cary Green Hope's Melissa Kandinata while Lauren Frazier of Greenville Rose will take on freshman Chloe Willetts of Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds in Saturday morning semifinals.



Baker and Kandinata each rolled to a pair of easy victories, dropping only two games each in four sets.



A pair of East Chapel Hill doubles teams, Tamara Hill and Megan Huang along with Tessa Johnson and Tegan Flynn, qualified for the semifinals. All four of the surviving doubles duos are from the same Mideast Regional, including the top pair of Asha Iyengar and Katie Kane from Raleigh Broughton, last year's state runners-up.



Johnson and Flynn ousted Shannon Melrose and Lauren Vaughn of T.C. Roberson, who won the state 3-A doubles a year ago but moved up a classification due to realignment.



Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday morning at 9 am with the winners advancing to the state championship matches later in the day.



Wendy's is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.





2009 STATE 4-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Millbrook Exchange Park, Raleigh--Friday's Results



Singles --First Round

Lauren Frazier (Greenville Rose) def. Carli Tuscano (Greensboro Grimsley) 6-0, 6-3;

MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell (Asheville T.C. Roberson) def. Laura Robertson (Raleigh Broughton) 6-1, 6-3; Chloe Willetts (Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds) def. Brooke Forbis (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) 6-0, 6-0; Helen Wang (Cary Green Hope) def. Jessica Perez (Charlotte Myers Park) 6-3, 7-5; Melissa Kandinata (Cary Green Hope) def. Shannon Herndon (Watauga) 6-0, 6-1; Bia Signori (Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds) def. Laura Hatcher (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) 6-1, 6-0; Grace Baker (Charlotte Myers Park) def. Ally Prior (Raleigh Wakefield) 6-1, 6-1; Jessie Boda (Scotland) def. Nikki Curnes (Greensboro Grimsley) 6-1, 6-0.



Singles--Quarterfinals

Frazier (Rose) def. Stauffer-MacDowell (T.C. Roberson) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Willetts (R.J. Reynolds) def. Wang (Green Hope) 6-1, 7-6(3); Kandinata (Green Hope) def. Signori (R.J. Reynolds) 6-1, 6-0; Baker (Myers Park) def. Boda (Scotland) 6-0, 6-0.



Singles--Semifinals, Saturday at 9 am

Lauren Frazier (Greenville Rose) vs. Chloe Willetts (Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds)

Melissa Kandinata (Cary Green Hope) vs. Grace Baker (Charlotte Myers Park)



Doubles--First Round

Mary Newton-Marisa Pereira (Fayetteville Jack Britt) def. Megan Teague-Caroline Lindley (Southern Alamance) 6-2, 6-0; Tamara Hill-Megan Huang (East Chapel Hill) def. Samantha Forlenza-Debolina Banerjee (Charlotte Myers Park) 6-0, 6-3; Majdou Lavoie-Lauren Tuscano (Greensboro Grimsley) def. Kaitlin Bailey-Leigh-Anne McAfee (Wilmington Laney) 6-2, 6-4; Katie Davidson-Hamilton Lovett (Raleigh Broughton) def. Anna Rickenbacker-Emily Carpenter (Charlotte Myers Park) 6-2, 6-3; Asha Iyengar-Katie Kane (Raleigh Broughton) def. Maggie Siebert-Ciera Combs (Mooresville) 6-1, 6-2; Roxanne Henshall-Allison Schoonhagen (Greensboro Grimsley) def. Brooke McLean-Hailey Ciccolanti (Southern Pines Pinecrest) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; Tessa Johnson-Tegan Flynn (East Chapel Hill) def. Shannon Melrose-Lauren Vaughn (Asheville T.C. Roberson) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4); Scarlet Walston-Emily Clark (Greenville Rose) def. Kayleigh Bullard-Logan Hurley (Southeast Guilford) 6-3, 7-5;



Doubles--Quarterfinals

Hill-Huang (East Chapel Hill) def. Newton-Pereira (Jack Britt) 6-4, 6-0; Davidson-Lovett (Broughton) def. Lavoie-Tuscano (Grimsley) 6-3, 6-2;Iyengar-Kane (Broughton) def. Henshall-Schoonhagen (Grimsley) 6-2, 6-1;Johnson-Flynn (East Chapel Hill) def. Walston-Clark (Rose) 6-2, 6-2.



Doubles--Semifinals, Saturday at 9 am

Tamara Hill-Megan Huang (East Chapel Hill) vs. Katie Davidson-Hamilton Lovett (Raleigh Broughton)

Asha Iyengar-Katie Kane (Raleigh Broughton) vs. Tessa Johnson-Tegan Flynn (East Chapel Hill)