CHAPEL HILL— Mike Greenberg of East Chapel Hill made the move up in classifications without much trouble, winning the singles title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A tennis championships on Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center at the University of North Carolina.
Greenberg beat cross-town rival Andrew Malizia of Chapel Hill in straight sets in a morning semifinal and then defeated Michael Pereira of Fayetteville Jack Britt for the championship, 6-1, 6-3.
The top-seeded Greenberg was the 3-A runner-up in 2004 and won the 3-A championship in ‘05, but East Chapel Hill moved to 4-A in the new alignment this year.
It was the first time in the last nine years that a Raleigh school failed to place a finalist in the 4-A men’s singles.
In doubles, the Fayetteville Terry Sanford team of Eric Noble and Ryan Noble survived a hard-fought three-set match in the finals and overcame Chapel Hill’s Chase Helpingstine and Austin Webb, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Wendy’s and the Carolinas Ford Dealers are the presenting sponsors for the NCHSAA sports program.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2006 STATE 4-A MEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mike Greenberg (East Chapel Hill) def. Andrew Malizia (Chapel Hill) 6-2, 6-1; Michael Pereira (Fayetteville Jack Britt) def. Chris Sheehan (Charlotte Providence) 6-2, 6-4.
Greenberg (East Chapel Hill) def. Pereira (Fayetteville Jack Britt) 6-1, 6-3.
Chase Helpingstine-Austin Webb (Chapel Hill) def. Joe May-Greg Simon (Greenville Rose) 6-1, 6-1; Eric Noble-Ryan Noble (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) def. Thomas Rickenbaker-Brendan O’Connor (Charlotte Providence) 6-4, 6-4.
Noble-Noble (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) def. Helpingstine-Webb (Chapel Hill) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.