On its way into Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletics Association’s 2A dual-team championship final, Carrboro has done more than just beat opponents. It’s flattened them.
Looking for a second straight appearance in the state final, the Jaguars had yet to lose a set in the NCHSAA tournament before Friday’s 5-0 victory against Durham’s N.C. School of Science and Math, played on neutral courts at Jordan High School.
“We’ve been very patient this season and have avoided talking for much of the time about the finals,” Carrboro coach Jon Noyes said. “But it’s been an easy season so far, and now we’re very, very excited to get back to the finals.”
Carrboro, 15-2 but undefeated against 2A teams this season, is scheduled to meet Brevard (18-0) in Saturday morning’s championship match at the Burlington Tennis Center.
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“Since the first day we all stepped onto the court this season, this has been the goal for us,” said Carrboro sophomore Jake Zinn, the Jaguar starter at No. 3 singles. “We all really wanted to get to Burlington.”
Saturday also will mark the second appearance for Brevard in the NCHSAA dual-team final. The Blue Devils were last there in 2006.
Brevard this year is led by Joseph Schrader, who reached this year’s state individual tournament’s semifinals in singles. Schrader is 15-0 in dual team matches, and three of his teammates are undefeated in dual-team matches as well.
“We know Brevard is good,” Noyes said. “And Schrader is very, very good. We got a good look at him in the tournament last week.”
Brevard has been almost as ruthlessly efficient as Carrboro. The Blue Devils lost one singles match, in a 5-1 win over Salisbury, heading into the championship round. Their shutouts have included a 6-0, third-round victory against previously unbeaten Shelby – the team that beat Carrboro in the 2013 final – and 6-0 versus previously unbeaten Newton-Conover in the West Region final.
Carrboro likewise shut out NCSSM’s previously undefeated Unicorns (17-1).
Friday, sophomore Brian Freiburger, undefeated at No. 2 singles, fought off a sore toe and a 0-6 first set dropped to NCSSM’s Guy Blanc, but came back to win the second 6-4 and then a third-set tiebreaker 10-4.
Two Unicorns lost for the first time Friday. Carrboro’s Max Fritsch (14-2 at No. 1) swept (17-1) Danny Oh by a 6-0, 6-1 score. Zinn (13-2) blanked (14-1) Justin Yang, 6-0, 6-0.
Carrboro’s Aaron Hiller at No. 4 and Jason Wykoff at No. 5 both won in straight sets Friday, losing just four games between them, to clinch the semifinal win. Carrboro’s Tarek Zikry lost his first set at No. 6 singles, but was ahead 4-3 in the second when the match ended.