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Raleigh Charter’s Tseng and Fisher win NCHSAA 1A boys tennis title; Baskaran second in singles

Raleigh Charter's Harrison Tseng, left, and Joseph Fisher, right, pose with the 1A doubles bracket and championship trophies at the NCHSAA individual boys tennis championships at N.C. State on May 13, 2017.
Raleigh Charter's Harrison Tseng, left, and Joseph Fisher, right, pose with the 1A doubles bracket and championship trophies at the NCHSAA individual boys tennis championships at N.C. State on May 13, 2017.

Raleigh Charter continued its tennis doubles dominance as Harrison Tseng and Joseph Fisher captured their second N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A state title in three years on Saturday at N.C. State.

Tseng and Fisher battled back to defeat Community School of Davidson’s Jacob Wenzel and Oliver Picot 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for the 1A doubles championship.

After dropping the first game, Raleigh Charter made the proper adjustments to mount the comeback.

“We just had to get our energy level up,” Fisher said.

Said Tseng: “We stopped playing so conservative and just went for shots, instead of rallying with them.”

For Tseng, this is his third straight doubles title. He won two years ago with Fisher and last year with Revant Birla.

“It’s fun playing with different partners,” he said, but credited Fisher as being the best partner he’s had. Fisher echoed the sentiment.

With both players being so comfortable with one another, Raleigh Charter coach Ryan Griffin said it makes his job a little easier.

“Knowing how they function, you can make easy adjustments,” Griffin said. “They compliment each other so well that really anything someone throws at them, they can adjust to.”

While winning three straight doubles titles is sweet, Tseng is looking to go for the sweep next year with Fisher.

The 1A doubles title wasn’t the only trophy Griffin and his squad won on Saturday. Singles competitor Chinna Baskaran finished second to Pine Lake Prep’s Max Vicario, losing 6-2, 6-1.

“Chinna played really well, he just ran into a guy who had an answer for everything,” Griffin said.

Runner-up marked the highest finish for a Raleigh Charter singles player in school history.

“I’m very proud of the accomplishment,” Baskran said. “It’s a great way to end the senior year.”

On top of not having played in this setting before, the venue change and a nagging elbow injury effected Baskran’s performance, especially his serve.

“Indoor isn’t really my thing,” Baskran said. “Midway into the first set, my elbow started aching, so I had to slow down my serve in order to keep playing. (Max) took advantage of that. He’s a great player. I was cranking them, and he kept getting them back and hitting them well. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do against a great player.”

With a championship in doubles and a runner-up in singles, Griffin couldn’t help but smile at Raleigh Charter’s performance on the day.

“Having multiple players out here is phenomenal for our team,” Griffin said. “It shows how hard those guys are working each day and how much competition there is within the team.”

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