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Broughton expected to contend for state 4A girls tennis title

Broughton has been in the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls tennis 4A finals 15 times in the last 17 years, winning 10 state titles. The Caps are among the favorites to add another crown this season..

Broughton fell barely short in 2011, losing to Greensboro Grimsley 5-4 in the dual-team championship. The Caps had beaten Grimsley earlier in the year and finished 22-1.

Coach Laura Davidson’s club is stacked again this season with the return of five of her top seven players.

Junior Maggie Kane is a two-time 4A doubles finalist and state doubles champion in 2010. She is ranked No. 1 in girls 16s in North Carolina by the U.S. Tennis Association.

Junior Oliva King is ranked No. 16 in girls 16 and Kara Summerford is ranked No. 23 in girls 16. Kelsey Boole was an all-state pick in 2011. Senior Laura Robertson is back after missing most of last year with an injury.

“We graduated some great players,” Davidson said. “But we are very excited about the possibilities for the season.”

Teams to watch

Green Hope: The Falcons have won the last five Tri-Nine 4A girls tennis titles and return five of theirtop players from a 21-2 team. Senior Audrey Channel was the East Regional 4A runner-up. Junior Priyaka Sriniva was part of the league’s doubles champions. Sophomore Jurasia Horvat was a regional qualifier in doubles. Freshman Karena Zhang could make an impact.

Panther Creek: The Catamounts are expected to challenge Green Hope in the Tri-Nine and may have the power to make a playoff run. Junior Megan Smith leads the club, which also has Katie Ryan and Marjorie Primm back.

Cardinal Gibbons: Sophomore Natalie Freeman was the most valuable player in the NCHSAA 3A dual-team championships, and Caroline Smith was half of the 3A doubles champions. Smith was 19-5 in singles, and Freeman was 25-2. Sophomore Devin Knors had a 23-5 record in singles.

Cary: Junior Jamie Rogers had an outstanding freshman season but missed last year with a broken foot. Junior Hannah Jabusch was fourth in Tri-Nine singles in 2011.

Smithfield-Selma: The Spartans return all of their starters from a 15-5 team. Senior Elizabeth Carter was the 2011 Greater Neuse 4A Conference player of the year.

Cary Academy: The Chargers reached the 2011 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association finals, where they lost to Charlotte Providence Day 7-2. Junior Anastasia Morgus leads the club. Also back are Jessie Liu, Sydney Johnson and Alex Udell.

Ravenscroft: Senior Layla Tanik was an NCISAA all-state selection in 2011 and leads a club that has five of its top six players back. Junior Emily Ratliff and sophomore Courtney Price are experienced. Coach Debbie Peek said depth is a great strength.

Millbrook: Junior Lauren McCorquodale qualified for the NCHSAA 4A championship tournament in 2011.

Durham Academy: Junior Olivia Li and sophomore Marie Li are back at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Junior Peyton Dilweg was 14-3 at No. 5 singles and freshman Julia Tillman was 10-5 at No. 6.