1A Individual Mens Tennis Championships: Macy takes singles, Tseng & Birla win doubles
APEX, N.C. – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Individual 1A Men’s Tennis Championships concluded with championship matches at Middle Creek Park in Apex in both the singles and doubles event.
After dropping the opening set in the singles championship 4-6, Ryan Macy from Elkin rebounded in the second set to a 6-2 victory, forcing a decisive third set with Max Vicario from Pine Lake Prep. Macy and Vicario battled to the tie-breaker and both double-faulted during the third-set tie-break before Macy finally pushed ahead by two, winning the seven-point tie-breaker 8-6.
The doubles final featured a pair of duos from Raleigh Charter, as Harrison Tseng and Revant Birla downed teammates Brandon Wacaser and Arjun Juneja in straight sets. Tseng and Birla took the opening set in easy fashion, winning 6-1 before closing out the match with a 6-3 second set.
2A Individual Men’s Tennis Championships conclude: Carrboro duo, Brevard’s Schrader take titles
APEX, N.C. – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 2A Individual Men’s Tennis Championships concluded with a fantastic final two rounds at Middle Creek Park in Apex. The Carrboro pair Brian Freiburghouse and Jason Wykoff clinched the doubles title while Joseph Schrader from Brevard captured the singles championship.
After falling in their opening set of the day in a semifinal match against Liam Baer and Cameron Wilson from Brevard, Freiburghouse and Wykoff did not lose another set on the day. The pair responded in the next two sets with 6-1 and 6-3 wins to down Baer and Cameron and advance to the finals. The Jaguar duo then swept straight sets from Spencer Storey and David Derrick from Salisbury in the Championship round, winning 6-2 and 6-3 respectively.
Joseph Schrader lost a tie-breaker in the first set of the Championship round, 7-2 in the tie-breaker before regrouping to knock off Newton-Conover’s Ryen Reid. Schrader played with laser-like focus in the final two sets, winning the second set 6-1 and the decisive third set 6-2. His semifinal round match with Depei Yu from NCSSM was a straight-set victory, 6-2 and 6-4.
3A Individual Men’s Tennis Championships finish: Marvin Ridge sweeps singles & doubles
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 3A Individual Men’s Tennis Championships concluded with Marvin Ridge taking home the hardware in both singles and doubles play. George Lovitt captured the singles title while his teammates John Hatala and Avanish Madhavaram won the doubles.
Lovitt played impressively all weekend, never dropping a set in four tournament matches. He beat Zach Theodossiou from Asheville in a pair of 6-1 sets in the semifinals and advance to the championship round. Lovitt then faced Henry Lieberman from Terry Sanford in the final and cruised to a straight sets victory, 6-3 and 6-0. Lovitt dominated over the weekend, only losing 9 games in the four round tournament.
Lovitt’s teammates from Marvin Ridge, Hatala and Madhavaram, were equally impressive opening the day with a semifinal win over Holden Ballard and Destin Newfont of North Buncombe 6-2 and 6-0. The pair then took out Weddington duo William Hatt and Nicholas Ulehla 6-4 and 6-3 to clinch the title.
4A Individual Men’s Tennis Championships wrap up: Middle Creek’s Stachowiak repeats, Page’s Brown & Oldis clinch doubles
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 4A Individual Men’s Tennis championships finished up an exciting final day of play at Millbrook Exchange Park. Middle Creek’s dominant singles performer Nick Stachowiak repeated as 4A singles champion, his third singles title in a four year career, while Page’s pair Hardy Brown and Jack Oldis won the school’s fourth doubles title, and first since 1985.
Brown & Oldis’ day began with a tight first set against cross-town rivals Aaron Pascua and Ethan Kreager from Grimsley in the semifinals. Brown & Oldis escaped that set 7-5 before closing out the match in the second set 6-0 advancing to the championship. The Pirate duo faced a familiar opponent in the championship round, as Tristan Smith and Huntley Allen from R.J. Reynolds were the opponent, the same two pairs met in last weekends regional finals. Brown and Oldis swept both sets by a score of 6-4 on their way to the doubles crown.
Stachowiak opened the day in the semifinals with a quick victory over Ryan Jurist from Lake Norman, both sets by 6-2 counts. Bennett Crane from R.J. Reynolds stood in the way of Stachowiak’s back-to-back singles championships, and provided a tough test. Stachowiak won the opening set 6-3 before Crane bounced back with a 6-3 victory of his own in set two. The decisive third set was all Stachowiak’s, as he held off Crane 6-3, winning his third NCHSAA singles championship, including back to back titles in his junior and senior seasons.