CARY — Millbrook High stayed strong and will advance in the boys dual-team tennis playoffs Monday by knocking off Green Hope with a tough 5-3 win at the Cary Tennis Center.
Millbrook took four of the six singles matches, but the wins did not come easy. Two of the singles went for the extra stretch as senior Chris Mahan, who will begin playing tennis for Appalachian State in the fall, won a tough match over Green Hope sophomore Louis Rico, 6-3, 6-4.
On the other side of the Cary Tennis Center was an all-out battle between John Karlawish of Millbrook and senior Kelly Patch, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
We showed up today. We knew it was going to be a tough match. said Millbrook coach Scott Wofford.
With this win, Millbrook (16-3) will advance to face Broughton (21-2) on Wednesday in the regional playoffs for a chance to play in the state championship Saturday.
We came in well prepared mentally and came in with a good game plan; I think it showed, Wofford said. These guys are really good and deep, so it was a tough win.
Green Hope tried to keep its playoff participation alive as it moved on the doubles. Green Hope captured the first win of the night, 10-2. It looked as if Green Hope might hold on.
Millbrook on the other hand had different ideas, taking the deciding doubles match 10-4.
I told my players here, since this was the last match of our season that I could not be any more pleased with our effort, Green Hope coach Kevin Taylor said. There was not a point that went by that my guys were not giving every ounce of energy they had.