6 for 6: Area boys' tennis teams sweep state quarterfinal matches
N.C. Science & Math and Carrboro will play for the NCHSAA 2-A Eastern Regional boys’ dual-team tennis championship and a berth in the state 2-A championship on Thursday after both teams advanced through quarterfinal play Tuesday.
Also, Voyager Academy advanced to the East Regional 1-A title match at Raleigh Charter to be played Thursday. On Wednesday, Chapel Hill swept Southern Nash on the road 6-0 to advance to a 3-A semifinal showdown Thursday at Cardinal Gibbons.
In the N.C. Independent Schools quarterfinals Tuesday, Durham Academy advanced to the state 3-A semifinals at Cary Academy at 10 a.m. Friday with a 5-4 win over Providence Day and Carolina Friends School advanced to the 2-A semifinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Barton College with a 5-4 win over Gaston Day.
In the NCHSAA 3-A ranks, Chapel Hill had to postpone its Tuesday quarterfinal match at Southern Nash in Bailey when the team bus broke down along I-40 en route to the match. A makeup match will be played at 4 p.m. today in Bailey.
“I guess you could say we got ‘blown out,’” Chapel Hill coach Neil Alderman said, laughing, after reported that a blown tire was behind the breakdown.
NCSSM, a perennial 1-A state power now playing in the 2-A ranks, just got by state 2-A power Greene Central 5-4. Carrboro cruised to a 6-0 shutout of Croatan and Voyager won at East Carteret 5-2.
NCSSM was on the ropes all day, losing the Nos. 1-3 singles matches and the No. 1 doubles pairing. But the Unicorns won all the lower seeded matches,as Michael Kearney, Neeraj Suresh and Russell Aryeetey — who filled in for the missing Justin Yang in singles — coming up with wins at Nos. 4-6 singles. Then Danny Oh and Aryeetey and Suresh and Kearney picked up wins at Nos. 2-3 doubles to set up a Thursday 4 p.m. home match with Carrboro for the Eastern Regional title at Garrett Road Park.
NCSSM coach Richard McClenny, who coaches the state-power girls’ team at NCSSM as well, said he’d never had a team win a match after losing its top three singles matches and No. 1 doubles match.
Voyager Academy picked up a pair of wins — in singles and doubles — by Harrison Stone and Christian Quick as the Vikings advanced to the semifinals in 1-A. Other Vikings winners were Luke Bennett and Tyler Herring in singles.
Durham Academy winners were Justin Warren, Jason Lapidus and Kenan Ulku-Steiner in singles and Jake Tillman/Ulku-Steiner and Davis Cromer/Kiran Nagar in doubles.
Individual scores for Carrboro and Carolina Friends School players were not available in time for today’s paper.