After two days of intense competition in the state 4A individual tennis tournament, Apex High senior Graham Duncan found himself the last area hope standing in Saturday’s championship final at Millbrook Exchange Park.
Duncan faced Greensboro Page’s Austin Ansari, one of the top 20 players in the state. Ansari, a Clemson recruit, showed why he’s headed to a top ACC tennis program with a 6-2, 6-4 win. Duncan trailed 5-4 in the second set but held a 40-love lead. Ansari rallied, however, to take the set and the championship.
Despite his disappointment, Wofford recruit Duncan (25-2) had set a personal milestone.
“This is the best result I’ve ever had in high school,” he said. “Austin is a top player and he just played hard, but it’s nice to come away with a trophy.”
Duncan defeated Scotland’s Josia Boda 6-1, 6-1, then Green Hope’s Kelly Patch 6-1, 6-0 to advance to the finals.
Durham Jordan’s Tyler Pyle lost a tough three-setter in the first round to Wilmington New Hanover’s Alex Gaines, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, and Middle Creek’s Matt Stachowiak also went down in the first round in straight sets to Grey Hamilton of Southern Pines Pinecrest.
In 4A doubles, no Wake County duo advanced to the championship round.
Wakefield’s Bo Boyden and Jensen Martin and Millbrook duo Chris Mahan and Sean Carmean lost in the semifinals.