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BURLINGTON — Charlotte Catholic moved up a classification to 3-A for this year, but the results were the same for its doubles team in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women’s tennis championships at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center on Saturday.
Caroline Kuttner and Alley Leahy, the second-seeded pair, won the doubles championship in a tough three-set match, outlasting Erin Hosterman and Rebecca Rhoney of Hickory St. Stephens 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
This is Catholic’s first year in the 3-A classification, as realignment is done every four years. Last year the Catholic team of Liz Trans and Jenna Siskey took the doubles crown in the 2-A classification.
Hosterman and Rhoney had ousted the top seeds, Emily Carriel and Sara Fender of Gastonia Forest View, in a grueling three-set morning semifinal, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0.
In singles, top-seeded Emily Mauser of Hickory advanced to the finals but fell to Cameron Chatman of Jamestown Ragsdale by a count of 7-5, 6-0. It was the third consecutive year that Mauser has been the 3-A runner-up in singles and it was the fifth straight year that a player from the city of Hickory (either Hickory or St. Stephens) has been the second-place singles finisher.
Chatman avoided unforced errors in the championship match after an impressive 6-1, 6-0 victory over athletic Winnie Quick of Greensboro Dudley in the semifinals.
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NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2005 WOMEN’S STATE 3-A TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Burlington Recreation and Parks Tennis Center, Burlington
Emily Mauser (Hickory) def. Lauren Sessoms (Belmont South Point) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1;Cameron Chatman (Jamestown Ragsdale) def. Winnie Quick (Greensboro Dudley) 6-1, 6-0.
Chatman (Ragsdale) def. Mauser (Hickory) 7-5, 6-0.
Erin Hosterman-Rebecca Rhoney (Hickory St. Stephens) def. Emily Carriel-Sara Fender (Gastonia Forest View) 1-6, 6-4, 6-0; Caroline Kuttner-Alley Leahy (Charlotte Catholic) def. Nadia Crutchfield-Kiara Crutchfield (Jamestown Ragsdale) 6-4, 6-1.
Kuttner-Leahy(Charlotte Catholic) def. Hosterman-Rhoney (St. Stephens) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.