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RALEIGH -- Grace Baker of Charlotte Myers Park moved within one match of her fourth consecutive state championship appearance with a pair of wins on Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women's tennis tournament championships at the Millbrook Exchange Park.
Baker lost only four games in four sets and will take on Lauren Frazier of Greenville Rose in a Saturday morning semifinal. Baker lost in three sets in last year's singles championship to Chloe Willetts of Winston-Salem R. J Reynolds, who is not competing due to injury
Baker was the 2008 state singles champ and runner-up in 2007 as a freshman.
The other singles semifinal will send Melissa Kandinata of Cary Green Hope against Natsuko Takayanagi of Northwest Guilford
In doubles, the Wilmington Hoggard duo of McKayla Zupan and Elizabeth Hodges survived a pair of grueling three-set matches to move into the semifinals. The Hoggard team will face South Mecklenburg's Abby Segodnia and Samantha Forlenza in one morning match, while Raleigh Broughton's Katie Kane and Maggie Kane will face Majdou Lavoie and Lauren Tuscano of Greensboro Grimsley.
Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday morning at 9 am with the winners advancing to the state championship matches later in the day.
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NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2010 STATE 4-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Millbrook Exchange Park, Raleigh--Friday Results
Lauren Frazier (Greenville Rose) def. Meredith Smith (Watauga) 6-2, 6-3; Jamie Rogers (Cary) def. Alex Silver (Greensboro Grimsley) 6-0, 6-0; Grace Baker (Charlotte Myers Park) def. Ally Parziale (Southern Pines Pinecrest) 6-0, 6-0; Sarah King (Raleigh Broughton) def. Elizabeth Ansari (Greensboro Page) 6-2, 6-1; Melissa Kandinata (Cary Green Hope) def. Clare Cox (Greensboro Grimsley) 6-0, 6-2; Shannon Herndon (Watauga) def. Marisa Pereira (Fayetteville Jack Britt) 6-2, 6-0; Natsuko Takayanagi (Northwest Guilford) def. Brittany Hill (East Chapel Hill) 6-1, 6-1; Tyler Baker (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) def. Jessica Perez (Charlotte Myers Park) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Frazier (Rose) def. Rogers (Cary) 6-4, 6-2; G. Baker (Myers Park) def. King (Broughton) 6-1, 6-3; Kandinata (Green Hope) 6-3, 6-0 def. Herndon (Watauga) 6-3,6-0; Takayanagi (Northwest Guilford) def. T. Baker (Terry Sanford) 7-5, 6-4.
SINGLES SEMIFINALS--Saturday, 9 am
Lauren Frazier (Greenville Rose) vs. Grace Baker (Charlotte Myers Park)
Melissa Kandinata (Cary Green Hope) vs. Natsuko Takayangi (Northwest Guilford)
McKayla Zupan-Elizabeth Hodges (Wilmington Hoggard) def. Julia Ferell-Maggie Siebert (Mooresville) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3; Helen Wang-Audrey Channel (Cary Green Hope) def. Kaleigh Bullard-Logan Hurley (Southeast Guilford) 6-0,6-0; Abby Segodnia-Samantha Forlenza (South Mecklenburg) def. Kaytlyn Gilbert-Claire Lieberman (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) 6-0, 6-0; Hamilton Lovett-Katie Davidson (Raleigh Broughton) def. Roxanne Henshall-Allison Schoonhagen (Greensboro Grimsley) 6-0, 6-3; Katie Kane-Maggie Kane (Raleigh Broughton) def. Nicki Segur-Nadra El-Beshti (Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds) 6-0, 6-0; Kyla Risko-Allie Gamble (South Mecklenburg) def. Helen Zhang-Laura Hatcher (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) 6-2, 6-4; Majdou Lavoie-Lauren Tuscano (Greensboro Grimsley) def. Tessa Johnson-Jasmine Sun (East Chapel Hill) 6-1, 6-2; Anna Hodges-Caitlin Neal (Wilmington Hoggard) def. Emily Carpenter-Olivia Turnbull (Charlotte Myers Park) 6-3, 6-1.
Zupan-Hodges (Hoggard) def. Wang-Channell (Green Hope) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5; Segodnia-Forlenza (South Mecklenbur) def. Lovett-Davidson (Broughton) 6-1, 6-3; K. Kane-M. Kane (Broughton) def. Risko-Gamble (South Mecklenburg) 6-0, 6-2;Lavoie-Tuscano (Grimsley) def. Hodges-Neal (Hoggard) 6-2, 6-0.
DOUBLES SEMIFINALS--Saturday, 9 am
McKayla Zupan-Elizabeth Hodges (Wilmington Hoggard) vs. Abby Segodnia-Samantha Forlenza (South Mecklenburg)
Katie Kane-Maggie Kane (Raleigh Broughton) vs. Majdou Lavoie-Lauren Tuscano (Greensboro Grimsley)