Caps roll past Tigers

Broughton advances in 4-A

Staff WriterOctober 24, 2007 

Broughton didn't need doubles to take a 5-1 victory over Chapel Hill in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A dual team girls tennis playoffs Tuesday.

The Caps fought off surges in the No. 2 and No. 6 matches.

In No. 2 singles, Broughton freshman Hamilton Lovett defeated sophomore Michelle Prata 6-3, 6-4 in perhaps the most contested match of the day.

"She [Lovett] did a really nice job of fighting her off," said Broughton coach Steve Spivey.

In No. 6 singles, Broughton's Camille Runyans, a sophomore, beat junior Kendall Beals 6-1, 6-4.

Chapel Hill scored its point at No. 1 singles when sophomore Tori Helpingstine defeated senior Martha Williams 6-4, 6-1.

"I figured No. 1 might be more of a battle," said Spivey.

Spivey, whose Caps are now 18-0, wasn't at all surprised that the Tigers put up such a fight. Chapel Hill started out 6-6 this season before winning nine straight.

"Early on we played some tough teams," said Tigers coach Nick Walker. "I knew Broughton would be a little bit stronger. But I was real pleased that they didn't tuck it in today. They haven't all year."

Chapel Hill finished 15-7.

"I've got all underclassmen," said Walker. "The first team should all be back next year."

Broughton will play Wilmington Hoggard, which ended Green Hope's undefeated season with an 8-1 victory.

East Chapel Hill (18-2) advanced with a 6-0 win over Southern Pines Pinecrest.

GIBBONS ROLLS: Cardinal Gibbons won every match in two sets while blanking Mayodan McMichael 6-0 in the 2-A playoffs.

TARBORO CELEBRATES: Tarboro honored seniors Jasmine Burroughs, Alison Thompson, Andrea Stocks and Georgia Saunders after a 6-0 win over South Columbus in the 2-A playoffs.

"Before they arrived as freshmen, Tarboro had never won a playoff match," coach Billy Strother said. "Under their leadership the team has advanced to the third round of the playoffs in three out of four years."

NCISAA 3-A: St. Mary's, the top seed, had no trouble reaching the semifinals with a 9-0 victory over North Raleigh Christian.

St. Mary's will host Cary Academy, an 8-1 winner over Ravenscroft, in the semifinals.

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