Green Hope, the Southwest Wake 4A Conference dual-team boys tennis champion, rolled past previously undefeated Clayton on Tuesday in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association championship.
Clayton, 15-1, had claimed the schools first dual-team tournament win with a first round victory over Fayetteville Jack Britt, but couldnt match the firepower of the 16-2 Falcons.
Were getting better, but were not there yet, Comet coach Ken Stivason said. The caliber of play that Green Hope, East Chapel Hill and especially Wakefield has is just another level. We were competitive in the middle seeds, but theres so much depth when you match up with a team like Green Hope.
Green Hope will play Wakefield, a 6-0 winner over East Chapel Hill, in the third round next week. The NCHSAA individual championships are Thursday and Friday.
Green Hope won in straight sets in five of the six matches. Clayton sophomore Klein Evans, a state individual tournament singles qualifier, earned the only Comet victory at No. 1 singles, topping Ben Wayand 6-4, 6-1.
Louis Rico topped Naren Guha, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, while George Edwards was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Claytons Brooks Campbell at No. 3. Matt Whitney handled Claytons Ian Bliss, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth singles match.
Green Hopes Eshaan Javalkar and Ashwin Iyer won at love (6-0, 6-0) at No. 5 and 6, respectively. Javalkar beat Noah Depriest and Iyer took down Vance Lanier.
Millbrook, the No. 2 team behind Wakefield in the Cap Eight, eliminated Durham Jordan 5-1.
More tennis: Corinth Holders was missing its top singles player and paid the price, dropping a 7-2 decision to Southern Nash.
Corinth Holders Williams Xia, the Two Rivers 3A Conference tournament singles champion, missed the match because of illness, and the rest of the Pirates each had to move up a spot. Southern Nash led 4-2 after singles and won all three doubles matches.
Its asking a lot to get the players fired up about moving up a step, Pirates coach Chris Davis said. I was hoping for a 3-3 split in singles, but wasnt able to get it.
Southern Nsh will play Chapel Hill, a 6-0 winner over South Brunswick. Cardinal Gibbons, the 3A favorite, shut out Pikeville Aycock, 9-0.
In 2A, Durham Science and Math topped East Duplin 5-1, and Carrboro blanked Tarboro 5-0.
In 1A, Raleigh Charter beat Rosewood 5-1, and Durham Voyager defeated Cape Hatteras 5-0.
Appendectomy: Green Hopes Chris Tutwiler missed the entire football season with a broken leg and has been knocked out of the Falcons baseball lineup Tuesday with an appendectomy. Green Hope is No. 1 in the N&O baseball poll.
Coach Mike Miragliuolo posted on Twitter about Tutwilers surgery. Tutwiler tweeted back, Ill trade my appendix for another day on the ball field any day of the week. I know my boys will make me proud.
East-West basketball: Chapel Hills Catherine Romaine and Jamella Smith are among the players named Tuesday to play in this summers N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star game. They helped lead the Tigers to the NCHSAA 3A championship.
Holly Springs Kiara Leslie, who missed much of the season with injuries, and Southeast Raleighs Tiffany McCarter also were selected for the Monday, July 21 game at Greensboro Coliseum.
D. Clay Best and Jay Mumford contributed to this story.