Roundup: St. David’s, North Raleigh Christian win NCISAA titles while Gibbons duo win NCHSAA 3A doubles

tstevens@newsobserver.comOctober 26, 2013 

Cardinal Gibbons’ Devin Knors and Lizzie Galush defeated teammates Natalie Freeman and Summer Jacobs to win the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A tennis doubles title, 6-3, 6-3, on Saturday in Greensboro.

Knors and Galush are the Crusaders’ top two singles players, but they and their teammates had made it a goal to meet in the doubles finals.

“We had hoped to do that in the regionals, but Natalie and Summer lost in the semifinals to the team from Terry Sanford in three sets,” said Gibbons coach Andrew Tuttle. “They were able to come back today and beat the Terry Sanford girls in a tough three match set in the semifinals.”

Terry Sanford’s Claire Lieberman and Huda McGraw fought off two set points before taking a 6-5 lead in the deciding set. Freeman and Jacobs tied the match 6-6 and won the tiebreaker 7-3.

Gibbons will play at home on Monday against Northern Guilford in the third round of the NCHSAA dual-team tournament.

“The girls will enjoy the doubles championship the next couple of days, but have to be ready to go again on Monday,” Tuttle said.

Dual-team matches are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

In 4A, Green Hope plays at Millbrook and Panther Creek plays at Broughton.

St. David’s wins 2A tennis: St. David’s, the top seed, ripped past Cape Fear Academy to win the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 2A tennis championship at Barton College in Wilson on Saturday.

The Warriors (17-0) trailed 2-1 after doubles with only Shawen Conway and Lindsey Munster winning. But St. David’s was overwhelming in singles, winning all five of the matches that were completed.

Conway beat Brooke Graham 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 and Beatrice Holding took a tough 7-5, 6-4 win from Makayla Mills at No. 2. Maggie Payne, Muster and Brinkley Thompson all won in straight sets at Nos. 3, 5 and 6.

The No. 4 singles match was not completed.

NRCA is soccer champ: North Raleigh Christian won the NCISAA 3A boys soccer championship with a decisive 3-1 victory over Charlotte Country Day.

The Knights (16-3-3) entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed, but advanced to the finals by beating No. 4 Charlotte Latin 2-0 and No. 8 Forsyth Country Day, 4-0. Forsyth Country Day had eliminated top-seeded Greensboro Day School with a 2-1 win.

Nathan Pike’s second goal of the championship gave NRCA a 3-0 lead. Jared Clark had scored the Knights’ second goal.

Sanford Grace (27-2-1) defeated Hickory Christian 4-2 in overtime in 1A and Fayetteville Academy (17-7) topped top-seeded Caldwell Academy 2-1 in sudden death overtime in 2A.

Durham Trinity is second: Durham Trinity Academy lost to Westminister Catawba in five sets, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 20-18 in the NCISAA 2A volleyball. Trinity won the first two sets, but dropped the next three.

Freshman wins cross country: South Johnston freshman Jacob Gonzalez won the boys individual title in the NCHSAA 3A East cross county regional at Red Oak Middle School. He ran a 16:13.

Western Harnett, led by second-place Matthew Calvelo, was second in the team scoring.

Corinth Holders’ Arden Vessie (18:48) was the girls runner-up and helped Corinth Holders to second place in the team competition. The Western Harnett girls were fourth.

West Carteret won the boys and girls team titles. West Carteret’s Blake Dodge (18:28) was the boys champ.

NCHSAA volleyball: Princeton swept Perquimans in the fourth round of the NCHSAA 1A volleyball tournament 25-15, 25-14, 25-20

Savanna Massengill had 10 kills and four blocks.

"I don't know if we can play any better,” said Princeton coach Paige Renfrow. “We almost played flawlessly. Our defense was on all night and we executed on offense.”

D. Clay Best contributed to this story.

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