Three local boys’ tennis players will be gunning for a state title this weekend.
Apex’s Graham Duncan, Middle Creek’s Matt Stachowiak and Green Hope’s Kelly Patch each earned berths in the 4A individual tennis championships this Friday at Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh.
The four Tri-Nine Conference singles players all won two matches in the 4A Mideast regional Friday, clinching their spots in the state tournament, then played for seeding Saturday. Duncan defeated Tyler Pyle of Jordan 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 for the regional title.
Duncan, a Wofford recruit, is the second Apex player in three years to win the Mideast regional. He joins former Cougars teammate Wesley Barrett – the 2010 state champ – in that category.
Stachowiak lost 6-2, 6-0 to Duncan in the semifinals and will be No. 3 seed from the Mideast this weekend. Patch, who lost 6-4, 6-0 to Pyle in the semifinals, will be the region’s No. 4 seed.
Dropping their first-round singles matches in the Mideast regional were Middle Creek’s A.J. Wypychowski, Athens Drive’s Kelvin Menezes and Apex’s Shivam Desai.
While no local doubles teams advanced to the state tournament, Tri-Nine champs Matt Hammond and Kyle Burns were a few sets away from doing just that as they lost 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the regional’s second round to Millbrook’s Meir twins.
Other doubles teams – two from Apex, another from Green Hope and teams from Middle Creek and Holly Springs – lost their first-round matches.