2016 Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championship Recap


1A – Raleigh Charter won their second straight 1A Men's Tennis Dual Team Championship, defeating Pine Lake Prep 5-2 Saturday at UNC's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Raleigh Charter also beat Pine Lake Prep in last year's final by the same score. This year, Raleigh Charter managed to win four singles matches, so they needed a single doubles match to clinch the victory. The number 3 pair of Brandon Wacaser and Jake Satisky downed Brian Forte and Sheppard Fowler 10-6 in the doubles set to win the school's second Men's Tennis State Championship in the dual team event.

Raleigh Charter def. Pine Lake Prep 5-2

#1 – Max Vicario (Pine Lake Prep) def. Harrison Tseng (Raleigh Charter) 6-2 6-4
#2 – Chinna Baskaran (Raleigh Charter) def. Alex Wrench (Pine Lake Prep) 6-2 6-1
#3 – Daniel Crossin (Pine Lake Prep) def. Revant Birla (Raleigh Charter) 6-4, 6-3
#4 – Joseph Fisher (Raleigh Charter) def. Brian Forte (Pine Lake Prep) 3-6, 7-5, 10-6
#5 – Brandon Wacaser (Raleigh Charter) def. Sheppard Fowler (Pine Lake Prep) 6-3, 7-6, 7-3
#6 – Jake Satisky (Raleigh Charter) def. Blake Jansen (Pine Lake Prep) 6-3, 6-0
#1 – Max Vacario & Alex Wrench (Pine Lake Prep) up Harrison Tseng & Revant Birla (Raleigh Charter) 7-1, ret. inj.
#2 – Chinna Baskaran & Joseph Fisher (Raleigh Charter) up Daniel Crossin & Blake Jansen (Raleigh Charter), 9-7, DNF
#3 – Brandon Wacaser & Jake Satisky (Raleigh Charter) def. Brian Forte & Sheppard Fowler (Pine Lake Prep) 10-6

2A – North Carolina School of Science and Math had a long and difficult battle with Brevard on the way the way to the school's second dual team State Championship, and their first at the 2A level. The two teams split the singles matches right down the middle with Brevard taking the top three singles matches and NCSSM winning the bottom three matches. The teams then split at number 3 doubles, with NCSSM's Ashvin Warrier and Vishal Naik taking the set over Cullen Duval and Aiden Spradlin from Brevard 10-2. Brevard counted in the number two doubles match as Liam Baer and Cameron Wilson defeated Nick Kuzma and Tejas Dalvi by the same 10-2 score. With everything in the balance on the number one doubles court, the top pair from NCSSM, Depei Yu and Daniel Lee prevailed over Joseph Schrader and Charles Kang 10-7. The victory secured NCSSM's first Dual Team State Championship since winning the 1A title in 2008.

NC School of Science & Math def. Brevard 5-4

#1 – Joseph Schrader (Brevard) def Depei Yu (NCSSM) 6-2, 6-3
#2 – Liam Baer (Brevard) def Daniel Lee (NCSSM) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 10-6
#3 – Cameron Wilson (Brevard) def. Nick Kuzma (NCSSM) 6-2, 6-3
#4 – Tejas Dalvi (NCSSM) def. Charles Kang (Brevard) 6-1, 6-4
#5 – Ashvin Warrier (NCSSM) def. Cullen Duval (Brevard) 6-3, 6-3
#6 – Vishal Naik (NCSSM) def. Aiden Spradlin (Brevard) 6-2, 6-2
#1 – Depei Yu & Daniel Lee (NCSSM) def. Joseph Schrader & Charles Kang (Brevard) 10-7
#2 – Liam Baer & Cameron Wilson (Brevard) def. Nick Kuzma & Tejas Dalvi (NCSSM) 10-2
#3 – Ashvin Warrier & Vishal Naik (NCSSM) def. Cullen Duval & Aiden Spradlin (Brevard) 10-2

3A – Marvin Ridge made quick work of Terry Sanford in the 3A Championship as the Mavericks poured it on in the singles matches, winning 5 of the possible six points and clinching the school's second straight Men's Dual Team Tennis State Championship. George Lovitt, the top player from Marvin Ridge finished up his season unbeaten in singles competition as he defeated Henry Leiberman from Terry Sanford 6-2, 6-2 setting the tone for the Mavericks run to the title. All five matches won by Marvin Ridge on the day were won in straight sets. Terry Sanford's lone victory on the day came at number four singles as Jacob Blackman took down Liam Florian 6-4, 4-6, 10-4. 

Marvin Ridge def. Terry Sanford 5-1

#1 – George Lovitt (Marvin Ridge) def. Henry Leiberman (Terry Sanford) 6-2, 6-2
#2 – John Hatala (Marvin Ridge) def. Andrew Zahran (Terry Sanford) 6-1, 6-1
#3 – Avanish Madhavaram (Marvin Ridge) def. Alex Kasari (Terry Sanford) 6-2, 6-0
#4 – Jacob Blackman (Terry Sanford) def. Liam Florian (Marvin Ridge) 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
#5 – Michael Kronovet (Marvin Ridge) def. Alex Hicks (Terry Sanford) 6-2, 6-0
#6 – Zach Schwartz (Marvin Ridge) def. Dev Sashidar (Terry Sanford) 6-1, 6-3

4A – The Page Pirates powered their way through Panther Creek 5-2 in the dual team final winning the school's third dual team championship and first since 2001. The Pirates took 4 of the 6 singles matches with number 2 singles player Jack Oldis knocking off the Catamount's Alex Kin 7-5, 6-4. The highlight match of the night was at number 3 singles as Michael Bass from Page needed a tie-breaker in both sets to knock off Donovan Lilov. Bass won both tie-breakers by identical 8-6 scores. Henry Enochs from Page retired from his number 5 singles match with an injury in the second set, leading by a set, but down in set two 6-5 at the time of the injury. That along with a win at number one singles by Panther Creek's Andrew Pickens gave the Catamounts some life heading into the doubles matches. With lots of room for error in the doubles matches, needing only one win to secure the championship, Page's number 2 doubles pair Hardy Brown and Charlie Snipes closed out the match and championship with a 10-4 set win to clinch the championship. 

Page def. Panther Creek 5-2

#1 – Andrew Pickens (Panther Creek) def. Hardy Brown (Page) 6-4, 6-2
#2 – Jack Oldis (Page) def. Alex Kim (Panther Creek) 7-5, 6-4
#3 – Michael Bass (Page) def. Donovan Lilov (Panther Creek) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6) 
#4 – Mason Kolls (Page) def. Sidd Pal (Panther Creek) 6-1, 6-1
#5 – Aditya Kakkar (Panther Creek) def. Henry Enochs (Page) 5-7, 6-5 ret. inj.
#6 – Charlie Snipes (Page) def. Nadir Bajwa (Panther Creek) 6-3, 6-2
#1 – Andrew Pickens & Sidd Pal (Panther Creek) up Jack Oldis & Mason Kolls (Page) 7-6, DNF
#2 – Hardy Brown & Charlie Snipes (Page) def. Alex Kim & Donovan Lilov (Panther Creek) 10-4
#3 – Michael Bass & Grant Jacobs (Page) up Aditya Kakkar & Nadir Bajwa (Panther Creek) 6-5, DNF