Wakefield’s talent at the top and depth throughout with six state qualifiers in the individual tournament were too much for East Chapel Hill in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A dual-team team tournament Tuesday.
The Wolverines swept all six singles matches for a 6-0 win that sends them to the third round next week.
Wakefield had beaten East Chapel Hill 7-2 earlier in the season with East Chapel Hill winning at Nos. 4 and 6 singles. But two freshmen helped the Wolverines roll. Blake Carter, a state qualifier in singles, moved up to No. 4 to beat Priyan DeSilva 6-0, 6-1, and Nico Grewe, who didn’t play against East Chapel Hill during the regular season, beat Connor Lutz 6-3, 7-6 at No. 6.
“I’ve improved a lot this year playing on such a good team. I have a lot better focus for matches,” Carter said.
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“Playing on this team has helped me learn how to get ready for tough matches in tournaments,” Grewe said.
Wakefield’s talent at the top was led by junior Bo Boyden, who on Saturday won the 4A Mideast Regional singles title. He defeated East Chapel Hill senior Max Smith, who is bound for Kenyon College, 6-0, 6-1. Boyden said he not only one wanted a victory, he wanted to set the tone by winning quickly.
“The team title is more important to me because you share the victories with the other guys,” Boyden said. “I wanted to get my match over with to give the other guys confidence.”
In the other singles matches, No. 2 Blake Jensen defeated Jack Davenport 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Phil Lauture defeated Kevin Huang 6-2, 6-3; and No. 5 Andrew Belonga defeated Nicholas Rennie 7-5, 7-5.
Belonga’s two-hour match was the last to finish and was thus meaningless once the 5-0 lead had clinched the competition, but he continued grinding out the second set.