Defending Doubles Champs Move Closer To 2-A Title


CARY– Defending doubles champions McKenna and Kalli Karas of Waxhaw Cuthbertson stayed alive in their pursuit of a second straight state crown in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women’s tennis tournament championships Friday at the Cary Tennis Center.

The Karas sisters won a pair of matches in straight sets, dropping only four games, and will take on Ashe County”s Courtney Bowers and Lizzie Hanes in the semifinals. The Rinaldo sisters Claire and Anne of East Lincoln, who are in the state semifinals for the second straight year, will play Salisbury’s Joy Loeblein and Erika Nelson.

In singles semifinal action, Kate Power of Kill Devill Hills First Flight plays Shelby’s Hillary Lutz and Hannah Marion of Hillsborough Cedar Ridge is slated to face Salisbury’s Katelyn Story. Three of the four advanced with convincing straight set victories Friday while Marion won her first match in straight sets and then moved on via default.

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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Cary Tennis Center–Friday Results


Kate Power (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) def. Penny Lane Buckner (Burnsville Mountain Heritage) 6-1, 6-2; Madeline Hoskins (Salisbury) def. Francie Trent (Reidsville) 7-6(3), 6-0; Hillary Lutz (Shelby) def. Elizabeth Thompson (Tarboro) 6-1, 6-1; Natalie Bravi (Thomasville) def. Catherine Shachtman (Pittsboro Northwood) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1; Hannah Marion (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge) def. Hanna Moxley (West Stanly) 6-1, 6-2; Kaylyn Key (Maiden) def. Michelle Bennett (Newport Croatan) 6-2, 6-2; Katelyn Storey (Salisbury) def. Jessica VanLeuvan (Trinity Wheatmore) 6-3, 6-2; Hunter Hall (Brevard) def. Morgan Sheehan (Swansboro) 7-5, 6-3.

SINGLES–QUARTERFINALS Power (First Flight) def. Hoskins (Salisbury) 6-3, 6-1;Lutz (Shelby) def. Bravi (Thomasville) 6-1, 6-2; Marion (Cedar Ridge) won by default over Key (Maiden); Storey (Salisbury) def. Hall (Brevard) 6-2, 6-2.

SINGLES SEMIFINALS–Saturday, 9 am Kate Power (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) vs. Hillary Lutz (Shelby) Hannah Marion (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge) vs. Katelyn Storey (Salisbury)

DOUBLES–FIRST ROUND Lauren Carraway-Jessica Hatch (Greene Central) def. Emily Bridges-Victoria Beam (Shelby) 7-6 (3), 6-4; Joy Loeblein-Erika Nelson (Salisbury) def. Mary Rodgman-Megan Mauriello (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge) 6-1, 6-0; Claire Rinaldo-Anne Rinaldo (East Lincoln) def. Maggie King-Julie Hayes (Tarboro) 6-2, 6-3; Anna Flynn-Sallie Kate Meyerhoeffer (Salisbury) def. Sondra Anton-Alyssa Shuster (Carrboro) 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0; Courtney Bowers-Lizzie Hanes (Ashe County) def. Amanda Clark-Lindsey Prytle (Siler City Jordan-Matthews) 6-4, 7-5; Julia Van Horn-Taylor Snowdon (Brevard) def. Morgan King-Kalynn Bridgers (Tarboro) 6-0, 6-2; McKenna Karas-Kalli Karas (Waxhaw Cuthbertson) def. Dzidzai Muyengwa-Rebecca White (Roanoke Rapids) 6-2, 6-0; Shaunasie Perkins-Michaella Lashley (North Lincoln) def. Quinn Carlton-Allie Miller (East Duplin) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

DOUBLES–QUARTERFINALS Loeblein-Nelson (Salisbury) def. Carraway-Hatch (Greene Central) 6-2, 6-1; C. Rinaldo-A. Rinaldo (East Lincoln) def. Flynn-Meyerhoeffer (Salisbury) 6-4, 6-4; Bowers-Hanes (Ashe County) def. Van Horn-Snowdon (Brevard) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; McKenna Karas-Kelli Karas (Cuthbertson) 6-1, 6-1.

DOUBLES SEMIFINALS–Saturday, 9 am Joy Loeblein-Erika Nelson (Salisbury) vs. Claire Rinaldo-Anne Rinaldo (East Lincoln) Courtney Bowers-Lizzie Hanes (Ashe County) vs. McKenna Karas-Kalli Karas (Waxhaw Cuthbertson)