Salisbury Athletes Earn Spots In 2-A Tennis Finals

NCHSAA 2-A WOMEN'S TENNIS

PAIRINGS SET FOR NCHSAA 2-A CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS MATCHES

CARY — Katelyn Storey of Salisbury, the 2010 state runner-up, won three matches Friday to move into the singles championship in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women's tennis tournament championships on a chilly and damp Friday.

Almost all of the matches were played at the Cary Tennis Center, although a persistent rain moved the last two matches of the day from the outdoor courts to indoor courts at North Carolina State University.  Three rounds were played on Friday, leaving only the championship matches Saturday morning.

Storey will face Kalli Karas of Waxhaw Cuthbertson for the state 2-A championship. Karas beat Carson Shell of Catawba Bandys 7-5, 6-2 in a semifinal match that was finished indoors.

Hilary Lutz of Shelby, the defending singles champion, lost in the quarterfinals in straight sets to Carrboro's Danielle Sawyer.

In doubles, the Hillsborough Cedar Ridge pair of Anna Kankanala and Hannah Marion swept three matches in straight sets to move to the finals. They will play the Salisbury team of Joy Loeblein and Erika Nelson, which ousted Nancy and Emily Bridges of Shelby in the other semifinal match that started outside and wound up on the indoor courts at N.C. State. The Salisbury team rallied for a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory.

The championship matches will return to the N.C. State indoor courts beginning at 8:30 Saturday morning.

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

2-A CHAMPIONSHIPS—CARY TENNIS CENTER

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

Singles—First Round

Morgan Sheehan (Swansboro) def. Jessica VanLeuvan (Wheatmore) 6-3, 6-0; Katelyn Storey (Salisbury) def. Hunter Hall (Brevard) 6-2, 7-6 (9); Danielle Sawyer (Carrboro) def. Kate Power (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) 6-2, 6-2; Hilary Lutz (Shelby) def. Madaline Hoskins (Salisbury) 6-3, 6-1; Carson Shell (Catawba Bandys) def. Lauren Delbridge (Wilkes Central) 6-0, 6-0; Sondra Anton (Carrboro) def. Julie Hayes (Tarboro) 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3); Kalli Karas (Waxhaw Cuthbertson) def. Penny Lane Buckner (Burnsville Mountain Heritage) 6-1, 6-0;

Danielle McGee (Hampstead Topsail) def. Emma Newburg (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge) 6-1, 6-2.

Singles—Quarterfinals

Storey (Salisbury) def. Sheehan (Swansboro) 6-1, 6-3; Sawyer (Carrboro) def. Lutz (Shelby) 6-3, 6-1; Shell (Catawba Bandys) def. Anton (Carrboro) 6-2, 6-1; Karas (Cuthbertson) def. McGee (Topsail) 6-0, 6-0.

Singles—Semifinals

Storey (Salisbury) def. Sawyer (Carrboro) 6-0, 6-1; Karas (Cuthbertson) def. Shell (Bandys) 7-5, 6-2.

Singles—Championship

Katelyn Story (Salisbury) vs. Kalli Karas (Cuthbertson)

Doubles—First Round

Paige Chase-Ali Jones (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) def. Lindsay Tate-Bethany Pyrtle (Siler City Jordan-Matthews) 6-2, 6-0; Sallie Kate Mayerhoeffer-Alexandra Drye (Salisbury) def. Emma McLeod-Taylor Snowdon (Brevard) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3; Anna Kankanala-Hannah Marion (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge) vs. Ashton Taylor-Katie Yingling (Swansboro) 6-1, 6-0; Molly Black-Abby Black (Maiden) def. Haley Maloney-Anna Wooten (Ashe County) 7-6 (5), 6-1;Nancy Bridges-Emily Bridges (Shelby) def. Melinda Athay-Rachel Tam (West Davidson) 6-0, 6-0; Jessica Hatch-Hayes Lovett (Greene Central) def. Dzidzai Muyengwa-Rebecca White (Roanoke Rapids) 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0; Joy Loeblein-Erika Nelson (Salisbury) def. Shaunasie Adams-Michaela Lashley (North Lincoln) 6-1, 6-0; Molly High-Callie Copeland (Edenton Holmes) def. Delaney King-Megan Mauriello (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (4).

Doubles—Quarterfinals

Mayerhoeffer-Drye (Salisbury) def. Chase-Jones (First Flight) 6-3, 6-1; Kankanala-Marion (Cedar Ridge) def. M. Black-A. Black (Maiden) 7-5, 6-2; N. Bridges-E. Bridges (Shelby) def. Hatch-Lovett (Greene Central) 6-0, 6-2; Loeblein-Nelson (Salisbury) def. High-Copeland (Edenton Holmes) 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles—Semifinals

Kankanala-Marion (Cedar Ridge) def. Mayerhoeffer-Drye (Salisbury) 6-0, 6-2; Loeblein-Nelson (Salisbury) def. N. Bridges-E. Bridges (Shelby) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Doubles—Championship

Anna Kankanala-Hannah Marion (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge) vs. Joy Loeblein-Erika Nelson (Salisbury)