Cardinal Gibbons made it four state titles in a row and Carrboro snapped a two-year streak of runner-up finishes, but Raleigh Charter finished one victory shy of an unbeaten season in the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys dual-team tennis championships on Saturday at the Burlington Tennis Center.
Gibbons defeated Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 6-0 to claim the 3A title and Carrboro downed Brevard 5-0 in the 2A team final. In the afternoon, Wakefield beat Winston-Salem Reynolds 5-0 in 4A , while Raleigh Charter fell to Kernersville Bishop McGuinness 5-2 in 1A.
Cardinal Gibbons (25-4) claimed a 3A triple crown for the second straight year by adding the state team title to go with state 3A individual singles and doubles titles won by Crusaders last week.
Gibbons senior Robert Kelly, the 3A state singles champion, defeated Marvin Ridge’s George Lovitt in the individual semifinals last week. Kelly beat Lovitt for the team title on Saturday, 6-2, 6-4.
In other matches, Matt Galush topped John Hatala, 6-1, 6-2; Jim Mantyh defeated Avanish Madhavaram, 6-2, 6-3; Brody Chapman eliminated Hayden Wohlfarth, 6-4, 6-3; Kyler Zadell won over Andrew Viditz-Ward, 7-5, 6-0; and Kyle Fitzgerald beat Michael Kronovet, 6-3, 6-3.
“I guess the third time is the charm,” said Carrboro coach Jon Noyes. “Everybody played better and better as the season went along.”
Max Fritsch led Carrboro at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Joseph Schrader. Jacob Zinn handed Andy McCall the loss at No. 3, 6-1, 6-2; Aaron Hiller defeated Joe Roberts at No. 4, 6-4, 6-1; Jason Wycoff bested Chris Wilson at No. 5, 6-3, 6-1; and Tarek Zikry took care of Cameron Wilson at No. 6, 6-3, 6-4.
Carrboro’s Brian Freiburghouse was leading at No. 2 when the title was clinched and the match was stopped.
Raleigh Charter (12-1) won with Birla at No. 2 over Ben Jandzinski, 6-2, 6-0, and Jake Satisky at No. 3 dispatching Jonathan Ingram, 6-4, 6-4.
“They guys came together at the end of the season,” Raleigh Charter coach Steve Efird said. “They battled every point right to the end.”