Wakefield’s Bo Boyden and Millbrook’s Logan Weber singed the Court 16 lines at Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center with one sharp shot after another in Wednesday’s Cap Eight 4A boys’ tennis singles final.
The sharp shots included a brief verbal exchange after Boyden ruled Weber’s match point swing “out” in the second-set tiebreaker.
With the score 9-9, Boyden won back-to back points and cemented a 7-5, 2-6 (11-9) win for his second consecutive league crown.
“I really focused on hitting big first serves and using my forehand to attack,” Boyden said. “I didn’t want to play much defense.”
Boyden, a junior and the 2013 N.C. High School Atheltic Association 4A singles runner-up, rallied from an 8-5 tiebreaker deficit. Weber acknowledged his errant forehand volley followed by a missed first serve that whittled his advantage to 9-8.
“Those last two points, he was just really aggressive,” Weber said. “He really pushed me back.
“I felt a lot of energy going into the tiebreaker. Of course, I would have preferred a full third (set).”
Boyden commended Weber, a sophomore, for playing a “flawless” second set, including Weber’s service break that catalyzed a momentum shift after the first set. Weber downplayed the significance of Boyden’s call, and said he should have been able to recover.
“I always think my (shots) are going to go in,” Weber said. “But who really knows for sure. He saw it out, and that’s the way it was.”
Boyden handed Weber his only three losses during the this season. Boyden’s lone loss was April 17 against All-American Robert Kelly of Cardinal Gibbons, the reigning NCHSAA 3A champion and a UNC signee. Boyden and Weber could meet again during the Mideast Regional at Middle Creek on May 2-3.
“Ultimately, this was just a fun match,” Boyden said of Wednesday.
Wakefield also won the doubles final. Jensen Martin and Phillip Lauture topped teammates Andrew Belonga and Nico Grewe 6-3, 6-3.