NCHSAA Women's Tennis: Grimsley, Gibbons, Salisbury, Mount Airy Win

NCHSAA WOMEN'S DUAL TEAM TENNIS

GRIMSLEY UPENDS DEFENDING CHAMPION BROUGHTON IN 4-A;CARDINAL GIBBONS,  SALISBURY, MOUNT AIRY CAPTURE TITLES 

       BURLINGTON—  Greensboro Grimsley won four of the six singles matches and then took a win at the number-two doubles to surprise defending champion Raleigh Broughton 5-4 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women's dual team tennis championship on Saturday at the Burlington Tennis Center.

       Clare Cox and Roxanne Henshall of Grimsley, who had won the state 4-A doubles title last weekend, teamed to beat Sara King and Kara Summerford 10-8 in a pro set to clinch the title for the Whirlies, who finished the year 17-3 and earned their first dual team championship.

       Broughton suffered its only dual team loss of the season against 22 wins in its record 15th appearance in the NCHSAA finals. The Caps have won 10 previous titles, including the last two.

       In another close match, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons took two of the three doubles matches after the teams had split singles decisions to score a 5-4 victory over Charlotte Catholic for the 3-A crown. The win by Gibbons avenged last year's championship result in which Catholic had beaten Gibbons by a 5-1 count.

       The doubles teams of Erin Meyer-Devin Knors and Natalie Freeman-Christina Wangen, playing second and third respectively, secured the team title for Cardinal Gibbons with their victories.

       The Crusaders finished with a 25-5 record while Catholic ended the year 20-3.

       Salisbury dropped the number-one singles match but swept the next five to roll to a 5-1 victory over Hillsborough Cedar Ridge for the 2-A championship. It was the Hornets' fourth consecutive women's dual team tennis championship and fifth in the last six years.

       Salisbury finished 20-1 overall with Cedar Ridge posting a 21-3 final mark.

       Madaline Hoskins of Salisbury, who won at number four singles, completed an unusual week by winning in two different state championships in the same week. Earlier she had played in the NCHSAA women's golf championships and was a member of the Salisbury team that won the 1-A/2-A crown in that sport.

       The 1-A championship was the final one to finish Saturday, with Mount Airy defeating Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math by a 5-2 count.

       The doubles were halted after Merry Kesler and Haley Thomas of Mount Airy won at number three to give the Bears the crown. Jordan Jackson of Mount Airy, who won at number one singles, took the state 1-A singles championship last weekend.

       Mount Airy won its first NCHSAA dual team title and finished the season 26-1. NCSSM suffered its first dual team loss in 19 starts.

2011 NCHSAA WOMEN'S DUAL TEAM TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

BURLINGTON TENNIS CENTER

1A CHAMPIONSHIP

MOUNT AIRY 5, NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATH 2

SINGLES

       Jordan Jackson (MA) def. Alice Huang 7-5, 6-4; Davi Barbour (MA) def. Janice Wong 6-3, 6-1; Anna Page (NCSSM) def. Merry Kesler 6-4, 7-5; Elizabeth Dinkins (MA) def. Abigail Armstrong 6-4, 6-1; Jade Hughes (MA) def. Sarah Chao 6-2, 6-3; Sarah Parsons (NCSSM) def. Haley Thomas 4-6, 6-2, (7-0).

DOUBLES

       Jackson-Barbour (MA) led Huang-Armstrong (NCSSM) 7-6 when match halted with outcome decided; Dinkins-Hughes (MA) led Wong-Page (NCSSM) 8-5 when match halted with outcome decided; Kesler-Thomas (MA) def. Chao-Parsons 10-4.                 

2A CHAMPIONSHIP

SALISBURY 5, HILLSBOROUGH CEDAR RIDGE 1

       Anna Kankanala (CR) def. Joy Loeblein 6-1, 6-1; Katelyn Storey (S) def. Hannah Marion 6-1, 6-3; Erika Nelson (S) def. Emma Newburg 6-3, 6-3; Madaline Hoskins (S) def. Delaney King 6-4, 6-2; Sallie Kate Meyerhoeffer (S) def. Megan Mauriello 6-3, 6-1; Alexandra Drye (S) def. Josie Newburg 6-0, 6-2.

       DOUBLES: not played with outcome decided

3A CHAMPIONSHIP

CARDINAL GIBBONS 5, CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 4

SINGLES

Grace Deering (CC) def. Lauren Brooker 6-0, 7-5; Rachel Tomchin (CC) def. Erin Meyer 6-3, 6-2; Caroline Smith (CG) def. Christine Kessel 6-3, 6-3; Devin Knors (CG) def. Caroline Smith 7-5, 6-2; Natalie Freeman (CG) def. Audrey Kessel 7-6 (6), 7-5; Bailey Thomas (CC) def. Christina Wangen 7-6 (5), 6-2.

DOUBLES

       Deering-Tomchin (CC) def. Brooker-Smith 10-5; Meyer-Knors (CG) def. C. Kessel-A. Kessel 10-7; Freeman-Wangen (CG) def/ Smith-Megan Arizmendi 10-5.

4A CHAMPIONSHIP GREENSBORO GRIMSLEY 5, RALEIGH BROUGHTON 4

SINGLES

       Clare Cox (G) def. Katie Kane 7-5, 6-0; Majdou Lavoie (G) def, Sarah King 6-3, 6-3; Alex Silver (G) def. Maggie Kane 6-2, 1-6, (10-5); Carolina Chao (G) def. Olivia King 6-3, 6-3; Kesley Boole (B) def. Roxanne Henshall 6-1, 7-6(5); Asha Iyengar (B) def. Adair Clark 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES

K.Kane-M. Kane (B) def. Lavoie-Silver (G) 10-2; Cox-Henshall (G) def. King-Summerford 10-8;Boole-Iyengar (B) def. Chao-Clark 10-0.