Raleigh Charter freshman Camryn McClure and Becky Auger of Kernersville’s Bishop McGuinness approached the 2-hour, 15-minute mark when Auger placed a ball out of McClure’s reach to win a third-set tiebreaker victory.
At the same time she clinched a marathon N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A girls team tennis final with a 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Sunday at Elon University.
“Great match, coach,” Villains coach Catherine Lassiter said to Raleigh Charter coach Jenn Furr as they watched the final point standing together. “You’re the best team we faced this year.”
McGuiness (18-3) won its second state crown in a row, while Raleigh Charter (14-1) added a runner-up trophy to its state team title in 2013.
Auger won 7-5, 7-6, 7-5 over McClure at No. 3 singles. In another third-set tiebreaker, Bishop McGuiness’ Candyce Sturgeon defeated Phoenix junior Gabby Ledford 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 at No. 6 singles.
Raleigh Charter sophomore Blair King tallied the 1A East champion’s lone team point in her own two-hour match, winning 7-5, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.
“The girl I was playing was really good,” King said. “I knew I had to step up my game and fight as hard as I could until the last point.”
Raleigh Charter returns four of their top players next year, but King noted they must match the leadership of seniors Mackenzie DeLoatch and Logan Furr.
“Our seniors helped make it an amazing year,” she said. “I’m so proud of our team this year.”
DeLoatch and Furr teamed up in the state individual tournament to win the 4A East Regional crown.
In the state team final, DeLoatch lost at No. 1 singles to Morgan Auger 6-4, 6-0 and Furr fell at No. 2 singles to Anna Petrangeli 6-2, 6-3. Auger and Petrangeli were the 1A state doubles champions and Auger the 2014 state singles champion.
At No. 4 singles, Raleigh Charter junior Christina Lee lost 6-3, 6-2.