NCSSM wins title in tennis

Unicorns drop Hendersonville

NCHSAA ReportsMay 25, 2008 

Durham Science and Math defeated Hendersonville 5-2 Saturday at the Burlington Tennis Center to claim the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A dual-team boys tennis title.

In dual-team competition, teams advance as units rather than individual players.

The Unicorns built a 4-2 lead in singles and clinched the title when Joe Gitt and Keith Funkhouser won at No. 3 doubles with a 10-2 decision over Evan Kirkland and Scott Davis.

NCSSM got singles victories at Nos. 3 though 6.

Anupam Dalvi defeated Kirkland 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-2 at No. 3.

Albert Tang defeated Davis 6-2, 6-4, and Cole Caplan downed Brent Coburn 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5.

Funkhouser blanked Tamir Shemesh 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6.

3-A TENNIS: Charlotte Catholic swept the singles to shut out Southern Nash 6-0 for the 3-A dual-team boys tennis championship.

Daniel Tobben, Catholic's No. 1 singles player, was named the match's most valuable player as the Cougars prevailed in straight sets in each match.

It was Charlotte Catholic's fifth NCHSAA boys dual-team championship but the first at the 3-A level. Catholic had won 2-A crowns in 2004 and '05 and the combined 1-A/2-A class in 1992 and 1997.

East Chapel Hill won the 4-A title over Charlotte Ardrey Kell, and Cardinal Gibbons beat Newton-Conover in 2-A.

1-A SOCCER: Chelsea D'Zurilla scored with 14 minutes gone in the first half, and Dixon's defense made it stand up in a 1-0 win over Polk County in the NCHSAA 1-A girls soccer final.

The 1-A, 2-A and 3-A finals were held Saturday at N.C. State's Derr Stadium. Leesville Road won the 4-A title at Derr on Friday night.

The only goal in Dixon's victory came on a long shot that was misplayed and barely trickled into the goal. Paige Schoonover got the assist.

Dixon's defense was led by junior Jamie Edens, who was selected as the game's most valuable player. Lesleigh Thompson got the shutout in goal.

Each team was making its initial trip to an NCHSAA girls soccer final.

Dixon, which lost in last year's tournament in the state semifinals to eventual champion Raleigh Charter, wound up 16-2-2 overall.

The Bulldogs advanced into the playoffs as a wild card but won more playoff games in this run to the state title -- five -- than it had previously in the history of girls soccer at the school.

Polk ended its year 16-6-2.

2-A SOCCER: Kill Devil Hills First Flight built an early two-goal lead and held off East Bend Forbush to claim the NCHSAA's 2-A soccer title 2-1.

Kristina Argiroff's goal with 14 minutes left in the first half proved to be the winner.

Earlier, First Flight had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman Ede Sager, who fired in a direct kick from 30 yards out.

Forbush cut the lead to 2-1 early in the second half on a goal by senior midfielder Kelly Wood.

Forbush outshot First Flight 22-15, but First Flight's defense repelled each late rally.

First Flight defeated 2007 champion Cardinal Gibbons 2-1 in the semifinals.

3-A SOCCER: Angela Cole had two goals, and Stephanie Rose added a goal and an assist in Jacksonville White Oak's 4-0 victory over previously undefeated Asheville Roberson.

The victory was White Oak's third straight 3-A championship .

White Oak finished 21-1-1 while Roberson was 28-1.

4-A SOFTBALL: Sophomore Morgan Robinson drove in the only run of the game in Durham Riverside's 1-0 nine-inning victory over New Bern in the NCHSAA 4-A quarterfinals on Friday.

Jenn Ladd struck out 14 and allowed three hits in the shutout victory.

Riverside will join Middle Creek in this week's NCHSAA championship series at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

Charlotte Butler and North Davidson advanced from the West.

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