Carrboro tops N.C. Science & Math; will play for state 2-A title
Carrboro is returning to the state 2-A dual-team tennis championship today and the Jaguars hope to come away with a title — something that eluded them the last two seasons.
The Jags traveled to the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics “home” court — Jordan High School — on Friday and came away with a 5-0 win, eliminating NCSSM before the championship round for only the second time in the last five years. The Unicorns lost in last year’s 1-A title match to Elkin.
Carrboro is the only area boys' tennis team that will play for a championship. Carrboro will meets unbeaten Brevard at 9:30 a.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington Saturday, May 17.
Voyager Academy was eliminated in the 1-A semifinals by Raleigh Charter 5-2 at William Peace University in Raleigh Friday and Chapel Hill was eliminated in the 3-A semifinals on Thursday.
In N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association semifinals Friday, Durham Academy was eliminated 6-3 by Cary Academy on the CA courts and the Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill was eliminated in one 2-A semifinal by top-seed Cape Fear Academy 5-1 and Carolina Friends School lost its 2-A semifinal to Southern Pines' The O'Neal School 5-3. Both NCISAA 2-A matches were played at Barton College in Wilson.
The previously unbeaten Unicorns (16-1) were reclassified from the 1-A ranks to 2-A this season and simply didn’t have an answer for Carrboro (15-2). “They were too strong,” NCSSM coach Richard McClenny said.
The Unis also had a roster issue, the sort of issue it often seems only the state’s top academic public school runs into. For the second straight match, NCSSM was without No. 3 singles player Justin Yang.
“He’s at a science competition,” McClenny said. Asked if Yang’s absence and consequent move by the Nos. 4-7 players up the ladder to meet Nos. 3-6 stars was a problem, McClenny admitted that the matchups didn’t work out for the Unis, but felt Carrboro was the better team anyway.
“Everyone was hanging in there for us,” Carrboro coach Jon Noyes said. “We’re looking better and better each time out.”
Carrboro picked up wins by No. 1 Max Fritsch, No. 3 Jake Zinn, No. 4 Aaron Hiller and No. 5 Jason Wycoff to take a 4-0 lead and was trailing on courts two and six. NCSSM had to get wins from Guy Blanc at No. 2 and Russell Aryeetey at No. 6 to force the match to the doubles round, but Blanc double-faulted to to allow Brian Freiburghouse to tie the match and force a tiebreaker.
Freiburghouse dominated the extra frame 10-4 — the set point coming on another double fault by Blanc — which ended the match.
Aryeetey, whose wins at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles were key to NCSSM eliminating Greene Central 5-4 in the quarterfinals after his move up from No. 7, led Carrboro’s Tarek Zikry 6-3, 5-4 when their match was suspended.
Noyes said Brevard (18-0) offers the Jags a major challenge today. “They’re very, very good,” Noyes said. “We saw a much of them at states (individual tournament). Their No. 1 and No. 2 guys are dynamite.”
NOTES — Carrboro returns almost its entire lineup from last season with the exception being the freshman Wycoff, who replaces the graduated Tanner Roach.
Carrboro 5, N.C. Science & Math 0
NCHSAA 2-A Semifinals
(at Jordan High School)
SINGLES — Max Fritsch (C) d. Danny Oh 6-0, 6-1; Brian Freiburghouse (C) d. Guy Blanc 0-6, 6-4 7-6 (10-4); Jake Zinn (C) d. Kevin Chen 6-0, 6-0; Aaron Hiller (C) d. Michael Kearney 6-3, 6-0; Jason Wycoff (C) d. Neeraj Suresh 6-0, 6-1; Russell Aryeetey (NCSSM) led Tarek Zikry (C) 6-3, 5-4 match suspended.
Raleigh Charter 5, Voyager Academy 2
NCHSAA 1-A Semifinals
(at William Peace University)
SINGLES — Abichiran Baskeran (RC) d. Harrison Stone 6-4, 6-4; Christian Quick (VA) d. Revant Birla 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-4); Wesley Hickerson (VA) d. Cole Esleeck 6-0, 4-6 (11-9); Jake Satisky (RC) d. Luke Bennett 6-4, 6-4 (10-6); Jimmy Sims (RC) d. Charlie Stone 6-3, 6-4; Austin Glass (RC) d. Tyler Herring 6-1, 6-2.
DOUBLES — No. 2 Birla/Esleeck (RC) d. Hickerson/Bennett 10-6.
NOTE — No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches suspended when match was decided by No. 2 doubles win by Raleigh Charter.
Cary Academy 6, Durham Academy 3
NCISAA 3-A Semifinals
(at Cary Academy)
SINGLES — Justin Warren (DA) d. Alex Yang 1-6, 6-4 (10-8); Calvin Ma (CA) d. Jason Lapidus 6-3, 6-2; Jake Tillman (DA) d. Kevin Wu 6-3, 3-2, ret.; Grant Goettel (CA) d. Davis Cromer 6-2, 6-4; Patrick Mulqueen (CA) d. Kiran Nagar 6-0, 6-0; Zack Saklad (CA) d. Kenan Ulku-Steiner 6-3, 6-3.
DOUBLES — Warren/Lapidus (DA) d. Yang/Ma 8-3; Wu/Mulqueen (CA) d. Tillman/Ulku-Steiner 8-6; Goettel/Hodgdon (CA) d. Nagar/Cromer 8-4.
Records — Cary Academy 18-1, Durham Academy 14-7.\
Cape Fear Academy 5, Trinity/Durham 1
NCISAA 3-A Semifinals
(at Barton College, Wilson)
SINGLES — Tristen Smith (CFA) d. Sami Habib 6-1, 6-0; Carr Bonner (TSDCH) d. Jack Gallop 6-4, 6-3; Mike Mills (CFA) d. Mark Hove 6-4, 6-4; Tyler Smith (CFA) d. Connor Grigg (TSDCH) 6-0, 3-2 suspended; Robert Shuet (CFA) vs. Forrest Shivers (TSDCH) 6-1, 2-1 suspended; Jason Atwood (CFA) vs. Luke Garges (TSDCH) 5-0, suspended.
DOUBLES — Tristen Smith/Tyler Smith (CFA) d. Bonner/Hove 8-3; Gallop/Mills (CFA) d. Habib/Grigg 8-6; Shuett/Atwood (CFA) d. Shivers/Garges 8-1.