Defending Champ Rollinson Among 2-A Singles Semifinals



CARY – Two-time defending singles champion Will Rollinson of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons advanced to the state semifinals after Friday action in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A men’s tennis tournament championships at the Cary Tennis Center.

Rollinson of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons had an easy time advancing, winning his first match by default and then capturing a 6-2, 6-0 victory over East Duplin’s Nolan Outlaw.

The qualifiers to the state tournament from the Mideast Regional dominated, as all four singles semifinalists and three of the four teams advancgin to the doubles semifinals are from that region. Of the 15 matches all the Mideast entries played on Friday in both singles and doubles, collectively they lost only two sets.

Rollinson will face Carrboro’s Amir Najmabadi, the number-four seed from the Mideast, while Graham’s Tyler Cook (Mideast 3) will play Michael Reilly of Cardinal Gibbons (Mideast 2) in the Saturday morning semis at 9 am. Rollinson downed Cook in last year’s singles championship.

Defending doubles state titlists Ryan Daly and Jonathan Fedorkowicz won both of their Friday matches in straight sets, losing only two games total, to advance to the semifinals.

Last year’s state runners-up, William Gray and Taylor Sullivan of Kill Devil Hills First Flight, also won two matches on Friday to earn a semifinal berth.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Raleigh Sports Consortium are the host city sponsors for these tennis championships. Wendy’s and the Carolina Ford Dealers are presenting sponsors of the NCHSAA sports program



Cary Tennis Center, Cary

Friday’s Results

Singles—First Round

James Chase (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) def. Kyle Eiswald (Surry Central) 6-1, 6-3; Tyler Cook (Graham) def. Joe Goodman (Salisbury) 6-3, 6-3; Ryan Poage (Shelby) def. Tyson Lane (East Duplin) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0; Michael Reilly (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Won Lak Choi (Newton-Conover) 6-3, 7-6(1); Will Rollinson (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) won by default; Nolan Outlaw (East Duplin) def. Mason McGlamery (Wilkes Central) 6-1, 6-0; Amir Najmabadi (Carrboro) def. Josh Gill (Newton-Conover) 6-0, 6-3; Lucas Ford (South Columbus) def. Kirk Johnson (Surry Central) 6-4, 6-1.


Cook (Graham) def. Chase (First Flight) 7-6(6), 6-1; Reilly (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Poage (Shelby) 6-0, 6-1; Rollinson (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Outlaw (East Duplin) 6-2, 6-0; Najmabadi (Carrboro) def. Ford (South Columbus) 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles—Semifinals, Saturday 9 am

Tyler Cook (Graham) vs. Michael Reilly (Cardinal Gibbons)

Will Rollinson (Cardinal Gibbons) vs. Amir Najmabadi (Carrboro)

Doubles—First Round

William Gray/ Taylor Sullivan (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) def. Andrew Dixon/Zane Crow (Shelby) 6-0, 6-2; Kory Adams/Matt Delafield (Pittsboro Northwood) def. Landon Rogers/Scott Buchanan (Ledford) 7-6(3), 6-2; Nathan Poteat/Cody Poplin (North Wilkes) def. Danny Siegel/Tony Stoll (Swansboro) 6-1, 6-2; Chris Geaslen/Chris Betz (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Alan Pernell/Will Huggins (Newton-Conover) 6-2, 6-2; Ryan Daly/Jonathan Fedorkowicz (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Hang Choi/Alex Burchins (Newton-Conover) 6-1, 6-0; Ian Cook/Tommy Taylor (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) def. Chase Smith/Anand Patel (Ashe County) 6-0, 6-3; Avery Nelson/Huntley Nero (Lenoir Hibriten) def. Eric Simmons/Trey Cash (Greene Central) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5;

Ethan Caudell/Bradley Walters (Saint Pauls) def. Vince Kunath/Dexter Blackwell (North Henderson) 6-1, 6-2.


Gray/Sullivan (First Flight) def. Adams/Delafield (Northwood) 6-1, 6-1; Geaslen/Betz (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Poteat/Poplin (North Wilkes) 6-2,6-0; Daly/Fedorkowicz (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Cook/Taylor (First Flight) 6-1, 6-0; Caudell/Walters (Saint Pauls) def. Nelson/Nero (Hibriten) 6-2, 7-6(4).

Doubles—Semifinals, Saturday 9 am,

William Gray/Taylor Sullivan (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) vs. Chris Geaslen/Chris Betz (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons)

Ryan Daly/Jonathan Fedorkowicz (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. Ethan Caudell/Bradley Walters (Saint Pauls)