High School Sports

NCSSM downs Clinton, heads back to 2A boys tennis state title match

N.C. School of Science and Math Unicorns logo.
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Defending champions N.C. School of Math and Science will look for their second straight N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A dual-team boys tennis title after defeating Clinton 6-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Whippoorwill Park.

NCSSM dropped a total of nine sets in the six matches.

State singles runner-up Depei Yu defeated Zach Darden 6-1, 6-0, Nick Kuzma defeated Turner Wells 6-0, 6-1, Ashvin Warrier defeated Peter Darden 6-1, 6-0, Vincent Xia defeated Cooper Brewen 6-2, 6-1, Josh Abrams defeated Nicholas Brewen 6-0, 6-1, and Lu Cao defeated Trevor Leggett 6-1, 6-1.

Unicorns coach Richard McClenny was happy with his team’s performance, but frustrated with how the bracket shaped up.

“It’s unfortunate that the state really hasn’t figured out what to do with tennis seeding and you get match-ups like this. They should seed it to where the two best teams meet in the regional finals.”

McClenny called Carrboro, who NCSSM defeated on Monday, the second best team in the East.

NCSSM will face Brevard in the finals on Saturday. The two teams met last year with the Unicorns walking away with the victory. Brevard will be in the finals for the third straight year having come up short the past two years.

“They’re very tough. They’re a good team and well-coached,” said McClenny.

Brevard had success this past weekend at the state 2A championships as Liam Baer and Cameron Wilson won the doubles title.

NCSSM will be returning Yu, Kuzma, and Warrier from last year’s title team.

McClenny said that it’s important to have those three prepare the others for what to expect in the finals, but that, “The guys are prepared, they know what they will be up against. We definitely aren’t taking anything for granted.”