Freshman Wins NCHSAA State 4-A Women's Sngles Crown

NCHSAA 4-A WOMEN'S TENNIS



FRESHMAN WILLETTS WINS 4-A SINGLES TITLE; ALL-BROUGHTON FINAL IN DOUBLES



RALEIGH -- Freshman Chloe Willetts of Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds outdueled defending champion Grace Baker of Charlotte Myers Park to capture the singles title on Saturday evening in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women's tennis tournament championships at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center at North Carolina State.



Willetts won her 32nd singles match of the season against no losses in a tough three-set final, 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3.



The R.J. Reynolds standout ousted Greenville Rose's Lauren Frazier in the semifinals earlier in the day while Baker, a junior, got past Melissa Kandinata of Cary Green Hope in a taut 7-5, 6-4 affair.



The doubles championship was an all-Broughton final, as both Broughton teams got past East Chapel Hill teams in the semifinals. The team of Asha Iyengar and Katie Kane, the '08 state 4-A runners-up, swept past teammates Katie Davidson and Hamilton Lovett 6-1, 6-2, to earn the title.



Friday's rounds were played at the Millbrook Exchange Park but rain on Saturday forced play to move indoors.



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



NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2009 STATE 4-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, N.C. State, Raleigh--Saturday's Results



Singles--Semifinals

Chloe Willetts (Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds) def. Lauren Frazier (Greenville Rose) 6-3, 6-4; Grace Baker (Charlotte Myers Park) def. Melissa Kandinata (Cary Green Hope) 7-5, 6-4.



Singles--Championship

Willetts (R.J. Reynolds) def. Baker (Myers Park) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.



Doubles--Semifinals

Katie Davidson-Hamilton Lovett (Raleigh Broughton) def. Tamara Hill-Megan Huang (East Chapel Hill) 6-4, 6-1; Asha Iyengar-Katie Kane (Raleigh Broughton) def. Tessa Johnson-Tegan Flynn (East Chapel Hill) 6-1, 6-2.



Doubles--Championship

Iyengar-Kane (Raleigh Broughton) def. Davidson-Lovett (Raleigh Broughton) 6-1, 6-2.



NCHSAA 3-A WOMEN'S TENNIS



WANKO OF UNION PINES IS SINGLE CHAMP; CHAPEL HILL PAIR TAKES 3-A DOUBLES



GREENSBORO -- Neena Wanko of Cameron Union Pines proved that the third time was the charm for her.



Wanko won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women's tennis singles championship on Saturday at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center in her third trip to the state tournament in her four-year career.



The 2008 3-A singles runner-up, Wanko rolled past Asheville sophomore Mackenzie LaSure in the final by 6-1, 6-0, after battling past Belmont South Point's Taylor Baird in a three-setter in the semifinal earlier in the day.



LaSure had defeated Mary-Katherine Prince of Wilson Fike in the semifinals. Prince was making her fourth straight appearance in the state tournament but had been ousted in the quarterfinals the previous three years.



In doubles action, the Chapel Hill team of Tori Helpingstine and Hannah Kimbrough swept past Rocky Mount's Lindsay Thomas and Kate Gray 6-1, 6-2, to win the state crown.



Friday's action was played at the Burlington Tennis Center but light rain Saturday morning forced play to move inside.



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



NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2009 STATE 3-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center, Greensboro--Saturday's Results



Singles--Semifinals

Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville) def. Mary-Katherine Prince (Wilson Fike) 6-1, 6-2; Neena Wanko (Cameron Union Pines) def. Taylor Baird (Belmont South Point) 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.



Singles--Championship

Wanko (Union Pines) def. LaSure (Asheville) 6-1, 6-0.



Doubles--Semifinals

Lindsay Thomas-Kate Gray (Rocky Mount) def. Caroline Kernodle-Helen Powell (Burlington Williams) 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2; Tori Helpingstine-Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) def. Alix Thodossiou-Taylor Thodossiou (Asheville) 6-2, 6-0.



Doubles--Championship

Helpingstine-Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) def. Thomas-Gray (Rocky Mount) 6-1, 6-2.



NCHSAA 2-A WOMEN'S TENNIS



SALISBURY'S LEBOWITZ RALLIES TO WIN,CUTHBERTSON PAIR WINS 2-A DOUBLES CROWN



CARY -- Salisbury's Hannah Lebowitz came from a set down in the final on Saturday to win the singles crown 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, rallied to defeat West Lincoln's Laura Baker 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the championship.



Both had been dominant in the state event, winning all their matches in straight sets, and Lebowitz had dropped only three games in six sets prior to the final.



Lebowitz was part of a state 2-A doubles championship team a year ago but this year played singles in the tournament.



In doubles, the Waxhaw Cuthbertson duo of McKenna Karas and Kalli Karas, the number-two team from the Midwest Regional, took the state championship, beating Lauren Carraway and Elizabeth McLawhorn of Greene Central in the final by 6-0, 6-3.



The Greene Central team had rallied from a set down in the semifinals earlier in the day to get past Salisbury's Erika Nelson and Katelyn Storey and advance to the title match.



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





NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2009 STATE 2-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cary Tennis Center--Saturday's Results



Singles--Semifinals

Hannah Lebowitz (Salisbury) def. Hillary Lutz (Shelby) 6-1, 6-1; Laura Baker (West Lincoln) def. Hannah Herlocker (North Stanly) 6-3, 6-1.



Singles--Championship

Lebowitz (Salisbury) def. Baker (West Lincoln) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.



Doubles--Semifinals

Lauren Carraway-Elizabeth McLawhorn (Greene Central) def. Erika Nelson-Katelyn Storey (Salisbury) 2-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5; McKenna Karas-Kalli Karas (Waxhaw Cuthbertson) def. Claire Rinaldo-Anne Rinaldo (East Lincoln) 6-2, 6-2.



Doubles--Championship

Karas-Karas (Cuthbertson) def. Carraway-McLawhorn (Greene Central) 6-0, 6-3.





NCHSAA 1-A WOMEN'S TENNIS



EAST SURRY'S SHELTON TAKES SINGLES CROWN, NCSSM PAIR WINS DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP



CARY -- Megan Shelton of East Surry captured the singles championship in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women's tennis tournament championships at the Cary Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.



Shelton downed Raleigh Charter's Lori Wang in straight sets by 6-1 and 6-4 for the title. Shelton was the number one player from the West Regional while Wang was the East Regional's top player.



In doubles, the duo of Teresa Pincus and Laura Outlaw of Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math clinched the state crown in a very competitive match, dropping the first set but rallying to defeat Mount Airy's Ellie Case and Jordan Gwynn, 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-3.



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



NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

2009 STATE 1-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cary Tennis Center--Saturday's Results



Singles--Championship

Megan Shelton (East Surry) def. Lori Wang (Raleigh Charter) 6-1, 6-4.



Doubles--Championship

Teresa Pincus-Laura Outlaw (N.C. School of Science and Math) def. Ellie Case-Jordan Gwyn (Mount Airy) 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-3.







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