Lasure Wins Second Straight 3-A Singles Title

NCHSAA 3-A WOMEN'S TENNIS

ASHEVILLE'S LASURE WINS SECOND 3-A SINGLES CROWN

GREENSBORO— MacKenzie LaSure of Asheville won her second consecutive state singles title on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women's tennis tournament championship at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.

LaSure defeated teammate Alex Theodossiou by 6-3, 6-0 to take the title. The two-time champ was in the finals for the third straight year, as she was the 2009 singles runner-up and the champion last year.

Both Asheville players advanced to the championship match with straight set victories in the semifinals earlier on Saturday.

In doubles, the Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons duo of Lauren Brooker and Caroline Smith won the crown with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Heidi Swope and Casey Rowe of Weddington. The Gibbons team, which won both of its matches in straight sets on Friday and dropped only two games in the process, was the state runner-up in 2010.

Friday's matches were played at the Burlington Tennis Center, but heavy rains overnight moved the tournament semifinals and finals indoors to the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

3-A CHAMPIONSHIPS—PIEDMONT INDOOR TENNIS CENTER, GREENSBORO

SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Singles—Semifinals

Alix Theodossiou (Asheville) def. Grace Deering (Charlotte Catholic) 6-2, 6-1;  MacKenzie LaSure (Asheville) def. Jasmine Gabriel (Weddington) 6-3, 6-3.

Singles—Championship

LaSure  (Asheville) def. Theodossiou (Asheville) 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles—Semifinals

Lauren Brooker-Caroline Smith (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Randi Price-Kaley Price (Nash Central) 6-2, 6-1; Heidi Swope-Casey Rowe (Weddington) def. Rosheny Edathil-Sydney Brooks (Burlington Williams) 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles—Championship

Brooker-Smith (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Swope-Rowe (Weddington) 6-1, 6-2.