TWO NEWTON-CONOVER TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE DOUBLES SEMIFINALS
CARY-- Two Newton-Conover High School teams have advanced to the doubles semifinals after Friday's action in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A men's tennis championships at the Cary Tennis Center.
The Red Devil pairs of Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe along with Austin Adams and John Tate each won a pair of matches in straight sets to advance to Saturday morning's semifinals. Choi and Lampe will face Evan Day and Jesse Massucco of Wilkes Central, while Adams and Tate will take on Ray Webb Parker and Ben Cheaney of Shelby.
In an interesting twist, both Choi and Lampe played in the doubles final a year ago when it was an all-Newton-Conover championship. Choi and Will Huggins teamed to beat Lamp and Dillon Cervantez in the 2010 final.
In singles, the four semifinalists all advanced Friday with a pair of wins. All were in straight sets, except Steven Page of Salisbury had to rally past John Reid of Newton-Conover in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Saturday morning's singles matches will pit Jordan Bailey of Hampstead Topsail against Korey Lovett of Brevard, while South Iredell's Patrick Hensley battles Page.
Action is slated to start at 9 a.m.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2-A STATE MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
CARY TENNIS CENTER
Jordan Bailey (Hampstead Topsail) def. Nick Russon (Brevard) 6-2, 6-4; James Tart (Roanoke Rapids) def. Alan Lebowitz (Salisbury) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3; Korey Lovett (Brevard) def. Jeremy Merritt (Kinston) 6-2, 6-2; Garrett Lakey (Wilkes Central) def. Eric Lagueruela (Trinity Wheatmore) 6-3, 6-2; Blake Covington (Reidsville) def. Lucas Shelton (West Stokes) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Patrick Hensley (South Iredell) def. Justin Merrill (Newport Croatan) 6-2, 6-3; Steven Page (Salisbury) def. Christian Manhard (Pittsboro Northwood) 6-0, 6-1; John Reid (Newton-Conover) def. David Beard (Newport Croatan) 6-3, 6-2.
Bailey (Topsail) def. Tart (Roanoke Rapids) 6-1, 6-3; Lovett (Brevard) def. Lakey (Wilkes Central) 6-0, 6-0; Hensley (South Iredell) def. Covington (Reidsville) 6-2, 6-1; Page (Salisbury) def. Reid (N-C) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Singles Semifinals--Saturday 9 am
Jordan Bailey (Hampstead Topsail) vs. Korey Lovett (Brevard)
Patrick Hensley (South Iredell) vs. Steven Page (Salisbury)
Eric Simmons-Robert Taylor (Greene Central) def. Jonathan Paulk-Stephen Harris (North Lincoln) 6-3, 6-3; Evan Day-Jesse Massucco (Wilkes Central) def. Kia Brewington-Nathan Woolard (Siler City Jordan-Matthews) 6-2, 6-2; Hang Lak Choi-Ryan Lampe (Newton-Conover) def. Anthony Brennan-Zack Cowan (Swansboro) 6-0, 6-3; Thomas Delafield-Ryan Smith (Pittsboro Northwood) def. Shaun Howell-Roland DesLauriers (Waxhaw Cuthbertson) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0; Emerson Ellis- Drew Guerra (Durham School of Arts) def. Lewis Young-Brock Overcash (Salisbury) 6-2, 6-3; Austin Adams-John Tate (Newton-Conover) def. Hunter Lane- Dallas Hollingsworth (East Duplin) 6-1, 6-3; Alex Weant- Seth Gentry (Salisbury) def. Garrett Peedin-Montana Wiggs (North Johnston) 6-4, 6-1; Ray Webb Parker-Ben Cheaney (Shelby) def. Rob Touhey-Carter Baum (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) 6-1, 6-0.
Day-Massucco (Wilkes Central) def. Simmons-Taylor (Greene Central) 6-3, 6-3; Choi-Lampe (Newton-Conover) def. Delafield-Smith (Northwood) 7-6(3), 6-0; Adams-Tate (Newton-Conover) def. Ellis-Guerra (DSA) 6-2, 6-1; Parker-Cheaney (Shelby) def. Weant-Gentry-Salisbury) 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles Semifinals--Saturday 9 am
Evan Day-Jesse Massucco (Wilkes Central) vs, Hang Lak Choi-Ryan Lampe (Newton-Conover)
Austin Adams-John Tate (Newton-Conover) vs. Ray Webb Parker-Ben Cheaney (Shelby)