ECH headlines area schools in girls' tennis playoffs

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 09:35 PM

Seven area programs have qualified for the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls’ dual-team tennis playoffs, which begin today.
Monday was the final reporting deadline for conferences to name their two top seeds, each an automatic qualifier. One third-place finisher from the area – Roxboro Person of the PAC-6 4-A – got in as a wild card.
The field in each of the four attendance classifications – 1-A, 2-A, 3-A and 4-A – is limited to a maximum of 32 teams.
Opening-round matches are scheduled for 4 p.m. today, and the winners will advance to second-round play on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Times and dates are subject to change by decision of school officials.
PAC-6 4-A champion East Chapel Hill is the only one of the PAC-6 programs that will host an opening round match. ECH (17-5) will take on Southeastern No. 2 seed Lumberton (10-2).
In other first-round action, PAC-6 runner-up Jordan (9-8) travels to Fayetteville to meet Mid-South No. 1 seed Jack Britt and Person, the PAC-6 third-place finisher, will travel to Southwest Wake No. 1 seed Cary Panther Creek (16-1).
In the 3-A ranks, 12-3 Cedar Ridge, the No. 2 seed from the Big East Conference, was the lone area qualifier and will travel to Fayetteville to meet Cape Fear Valley No. 1 seed Terry Sanford.
In 2-A, Northern Carolina Conference No. 1 seed N.C. Science and Math (13-0) will host Climax Providence Grove (9-5), the No. 2 seed from the PAC-6 2-A, at Whippoorwill Park in Durham, while Northern Carolina No. 2 seed Durham School of the Arts (11-1) travels to PAC-6 2-A No. 1 seed Wheatmore (16-2-1).
Carrboro, the No. 1 seed from the Mid-State 2-A Conference, takes a 12-0 record into its home date today with Eastern Plains No. 2 seed Wilson Beddingfield (9-6).
No 1-A programs from the area qualified for the playoffs.