Wildcats win Cap Eight tennis title

Carmean brothers win championship match over Broughton duo

CorrespondentApril 28, 2011 

— Wednesday was a championship day for Millbrook tennis as the Wildcats took the Cap Eight titles in both singles and doubles at Millbrook Exchange Park.

The Carmean brothers, senior Quinn and junior Sean, continued to roll up wins and took the championship match 7-5, 6-3 over the Broughton team of Patrick Longest and Steed Johnson.

Later in the evening, Millbrook sophomore Chris Mahan claimed the individual title over Broughton sophomore Andrew Waddell.

After weather postponed action Tuesday night the semifinals started later than scheduled Wednesday and Waddell got caught up in an extended semifinal match with Wakefield freshman Andrew Belonga.

Mahan and Waddell decided to play one eight-game, pro set, but Waddell had to retire with leg cramps with Mahan holding a 7-3 lead.

The Wildcats were state 4-A champs in 2009 and would love to make another strong run through the state dual team playoffs that start next week.

"We definitely want to go far in the team tournament, but it will be tough," said Sean Carmean, who was part of the Millbrook championship team as a freshman.

In the third-place doubles match, Millbrook's team of Jeff Cobb and Will Burton defeated Broughton's Alex Pollock and Carlton Bunn.

"The Carmeans have just been a machine," said Millbrook first-year coach Scott Wofford. "They don't play year-round, just play for their school now and you can tell they have a lot of talent. It was really good about midseason when they decided to play together."

Wofford also said Mahan has been emerging as a singles player.

"He's been our No. 1 player all year, and he's been playing a lot of tennis," Wofford said. "He's gotten better and has played very hard and very well."

Mahan is also looking forward to the state playoffs for the team.

"I know Millbrook won a state title in 2009, but I'd like to get a state championship of my own," Mahan said. "For us, it's all about winning a state title for the team."

As for the championship match with Waddell, Mahan said, "We've played each other maybe 15 times, so we know each other's game, and I knew every point was going to be a battle."

In the third-place individual match, Sanderson senior Michael Trefzger fell behind 1-7 to Belonga, but rallied to tie the match at 8-8 and went on to win the tiebreaker.

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