CHAPEL HILL Once again, there will be a strong Chapel Hill-Carrboro presence at the N.C. High School Athletics Association tennis individual regionals next weekend.
Carrboro, Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill are sending full contingents – the allowed maximum of two singles entries and two doubles teams – to the regionals that begin Friday at different locations for each classification.
Carrboro will be sending Mid-State conference singles champion Brian Freiburghouse and Jason Wyckoff in singles and the doubles teams of Max Fritsch and Jake Zinn, who won the Mid-State doubles crown, and Aaron Hiller and Paul Flournoy
Chapel Hill will send its top two players in singles – senior Chris Chang and junior Bryan Zhang. The CHHS doubles teams will be seniors Ashwin Bhargava and Alex Walker along with senior Ryan Bradley and junior Jared Weber.
East Chapel Hill senior Max Smith, who won the PAC-6 singles championship Wednesday with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over classmate Robert Bond, will be joined by Bond in representing the Wildcats in the 4A regional singles. East’s two doubles entries will be Josh George and Ondrej Drobney along with Connor Lutz and Jack Devonport.
Carrboro’s entries will play in the 2A Mideast Regional at the Cary Tennis Center. Chapel Hill will be in the 3A Mideast Regional at the Burlington Tennis Center. East Chapel Hill will be at the 4A Midwest regional at Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh.
Both of East Chapel Hill’s doubles entries were cobbled together, with coach Lindsay Linker opting to let some of her lower seeded seniors pair up with classmates. During the home stretch of the regular season, Devonport usually paired with freshman Nicholas Rennie, while Lutz played No. 1 doubles with Smith.
“The fact that we go down as far as No. 11 to get players qualified for the regionals really shows the depth of this team,” Linker said as the PAC-6 tournament ended. “I was just so excited to see our seniors compete so well today.”
Before any of the players get to the individual regionals, all of them will play matches Tuesday in the first round of the NCHSAA dual-team tournament. Pairings for the tournament will be announced Monday. See www.newsobserver.com/sports for a complete list of matchups featuring local teams.
DeSilva and Huang win N.C. 14s championship
The East Chapel Hill freshman duo of Priyan DeSilva and Kevin Huang dominated the Boys 14s in the USTA’s N.C. Junior Spring Tournament at Greensboro’s Spencer Love Tennis Center.
DeSilva and Kevin Huang, who went 18-1 as East’s No. 2 doubles team this season, lived up to their No. 1 seed in the Spring Tournament’s Boys 14s bracket and won the title with an 8-2 victory last weekend over No. 2 seeded Pascal Le and Max Vicario of Cary.
Seeded No. 4 in singles, Desilva upset the top-seeded Huang 1-6, 6-1, 1-0(7) in the 14s championship match.
They were just two of 16 Chapel Hill-Carrboro players in the closed tournament.
Playing in the Girls 16s, East Chapel Hill’s Rainie Heck fell in straight sets in the round of 16 to No. 1 Hannah Archer of Cornelius. Heck bounced back to reach the consolation finals and forced a tie-breaker before losing to Caroline Garrido of Gastonia, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(6).
In the Boys 16s, Carrboro’s Max Fritsch reached the round of 16 before he was ousted by Collin Shick of Greensboro, the same player who defeated Carrboro teammate Brian Freiburghouse in the round of 32.
The Jaguars split up for the 16s doubles, where Freiburghouse and East Chapel Hill freshman Nicholas Rennie made it to the quarterfinals and then fell to eventual champions Andrew Redding of Concord and Grant Stuckey of Charlotte. Fritsch and Allen Lock of Charlotte were eliminated in the doubles’ round of 16, as were David Bond of Chapel Hill and Tate Godwin of Durham.