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: The Crusaders won their fourth straight 3A team title and eighth state crown in the past eight years. Cardinal Gibbons was the 3A runner-up in its first year of 3A play in 2010 after taking four consecutive 2A titles.
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.
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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.
Carrboro: In the past two years, Carrboro has dropped the 2A title match to Shelby, but this season Shelby didn’t make it back and the Jaguars (16-2) handed Brevard (18-1)its first loss of the season.
“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: Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (15-1) won four of six singles matches and scored the decisive fifth team point in the first doubles match. McGuinness’ Sam McLaughry and Zack Jones scored the fifth team point at No. 1 doubles by beating Raleigh Charter’s Abichiran Baskaran and Revant Birla, 10-3.
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.”