North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Defending Champions Win Again In NCHSAA 1-A Tennis

CARY— The defending champions in both singles and doubles successfully held on to their crowns in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association women’s state 1-A tennis championships at the Cary Tennis Center on Saturday morning.

Kasey Mabe of North Stokes repeated as the singles champion and Jeanne-Marie LaBorde and Jessica Eblen of Hendersonville once again teamed to win in doubles.

Mabe downed Maggie Ronan of Kernersville Bishop McGuiness by 6-1, 6-1 in the singles final, improving her individual singles mark to 26-1 overall.

The North Stokes standout won the 1-A singles championship in 2004, was the runner-up in ’03 and a member of a state championship doubles team in 2002.

LaBorde and Eblen, who did not lose a single game in two matches on Friday’s opening day, defeated Laken Joyce and Tanna Tilley of North Stokes in the doubles final, 6-2, 6-3, and remained unbeaten on the season at 16-0. The Joyce-Tilley team lost for only the second time this season.

Eblen played in the doubles championship in each of her four years of high school tennis. The Eblen-LaBorde duo won it all last year, she teamed with Mary Elizabeth Rouse to win the doubles crown in 2003 and was on the runner-up team in 2002.

Wendy’s and Ford are the presenting sponsors of the NCHSAA sports program.



Cary Tennis Center, Cary

Saturday’s Results

Singles Championship

Kasey Mabe (North Stokes) def. Maggie Ronan (Kernersville Bishop McGuiness) 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles Championship

Jessica Eblen-Jeanne Marie LaBorde (Hendersonville) def. Laken Joyce-Tanna Tilley (North Stokes) 6-2, 6-3.