CARY — In a girls’ tennis tournament that took seven days from start to finish, Holly Springs’ Bailey Edwards won the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A singles title, and Cary seniors Jamie Rogers and Hannah Jabusch won the doubles championship Monday at Cary Tennis Park.
The conference finished its tournament an hour before the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s reporting deadline. The individual tournament regionals will be Friday and Saturday and the first round of the team playoffs are Tuesday.
If area tournaments are any indication, there could be some upsets in store.
Rogers and Jabusch defeated defending 4A state champions Jordan Strickland and Sammi Smith of Panther Creek by rallying 2-6, 6-2, 10-5. It is the first-ever loss for the sophomore duo.
“We just made a deal that our senior year we would go for the doubles” title, said Rogers, who was a state semifinalist in singles her freshman year but missed her sophomore year with a broken ankle. Players or their coaches must choose whether they want to compete in the singles or doubles tournament.
Edwards came seemingly out of nowhere because of a torn wrist tendon that sidelined her all of last year. The senior defeated Panther Creek’s Megan Smith 5-7, 7-6, 11-9.
Two teams made the playoffs. Panther Creek (16-1), ranked No.2 in the state, will host wild-card Person County (20-5), and Green Hope (13-4), ranked third in 4A, will travel to New Hanover (14-1).
Panther Creek’s Orla Labiche, Green Hope’s Karena Zhang and Middle Creek’s Shaye McAuliffe qualified for the individual regional in singles while Apex’s Carla Thomas and Elizabeth Johnson, Panther Creek’s Aishani Tingare and Loren Kim and Green Hope’s Caroline Sigmon and Priyanka Srinivas did in doubles..
Cap Eight 4A has new champs: Broughton might have the top team in 4A, but the Capitals were shut out of conference individual titles Friday. Wakefield sophomore Susanne Boyden topped defending 4A state champ Maggie Kane and Millbrook’s Savannah Taranto and Lauren McCorquodale defeated Broughton’s Adrienne Overcash and Kara Summerford – who were 4A runners-up last year – by injury forfeit.
Broughton (18-0) only was tested by Panther Creek during the regular season and will host Hope Mills South View (9-3). Millbrook (12-2) will be at Greenville Rose (9-4).
Freshman wins Greater Neuse: Clayton freshman Carmelle Joyner will be one of two undefeated singles players at this weekend’s 4A Mideast regional hosted by Middle Creek High. Joyner won the Greater Neuse River 4A tournament, and West Johnston’s Katherine Serrell and Ashley Turner captured the doubles titles Friday.
Serrell and Turner downed Clayton’s Elezcia Singletary and Logan Boykin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the doubles final. It was the first loss to a conference opponent for Boykin and Singletary in 40 matches.
Joyner topped Garner senior Hannah Hamlin 6-1, 6-0, to win the singles championship. Saran Hamlin, Hannah’s sister, will enter the regional tournament as the league’s No.3 seed. Doubles teams Elizabeth Pittman and Alyssa Clark and Nicole Root and Mandisa Ebri also qualified.
Sarah Hamlin defeated Knightdale’s Rosalyn Hatlin 6-0, 6-0 in a seeding match. East Wake’s Alexis Montague claimed the fifth regional singles spot with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Harnett Central’s Michelle Wetherington.
Harnett Central’s Kalin Leuthold and Lindsay Smith also qualified in doubles play.
In the team playoffs, Garner (15-3) will travel to Southern Pines Pinecrest and conference champ Clayton (17-0) will host Fayetteville Cape Fear (9-3).
4A team playoffs: In other 4A team playoffs Tuesday, Jordan (9-8) is at Fayetteville Jack Britt (12-0) and East Chapel Hill (17-5) ranked No. 6 among A teams, hosts Lumberton (10-2).
3A team playoffs: Cedar Ridge (12-3) travels to 3A No. 2 Fayetteville Terry Sanford (10-), undefeated Triton (12-0) hosts Western Guilford (11-6), 3A No. 1 Cardinal Gibbons (23-1) hosts Wilson Hunt (16-3) and Cleveland (11-4) is at Thomasville Ledford (18-1).
2A team playoffs: N.C. Science & Math (13-0) hosts Climax Providence Grove (9-5), Jordan-Mathews (11-5) is at Washington (12-1), Durham School of the Arts (11-1) is at Wheatmore (16-2-1) and Carrboro (12-0) – fifth in 2A tennis – hosts Wilson Beddingfield (9-6).
1A team playoffs: Tar Roanoke Conference champ Louisburg (6-7) has a first-round bye while Raleigh Charter (8-2) hosts Tarboro (8-5) and Franklin Academy (12-2), ranked fourth among 1A schools, is at Riverside-Martin (10-5). Chatham Central (15-2) is at Misenheimer Gray Stone Day (16-3) in the 1A West playoffs.
Staff writers Caryn Grant and D. Clay Best contributed to this articles.
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