Carrboro sweeps Brevard to win state 2-A tennis title
The third time is indeed the charm.
On Saturday at the Burlington Tennis Center — Carrboro’s third visit in as many years to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A tennis championships — the Jaguars captured their first state tennis title, a resounding 5-0 victory over the Brevard Blue Devils.
The Jaguars entered the championship 15-2 and faced the daunting task of eliminating an opponent in Brevard who entered the finals undefeated at 18-0.
Led by No. 1 singles star Max Fritsch the Jaguars left little in doubt with five straight-set victories.
When asked to pinpoint the catalyst for his team’s victory, Carrboro coach, Jon Noyes, called out focus and familiarity as key factors.
“We took losing in the finals two years in a row to heart and we were an experienced team today playing solid and staying focused and we played great tennis.” Noyes said. “We just kept getting better and better and the guys were more and more serious with every match and it’s a great thing to see as a coach.”
Fritsch defeated Brevard’s top singles player, Joseph Schrader, 6-2, 6-4 to lead the Jags.
Fritsch credited the squad’s overall talent as a key contributing factor to the championship: “We have a lot of depth, (seeds) one through six are great players and we are very strong at the top and we’re a solid team all around.” Fritsch said.
Among the other victors for Carrboro were No. 3 seed Jacob Zinn who defeated Brevard’s Andy McCall 6-1, 6-2. No. 4 Aaron Hiller defeated Brevard’s Joe Robert’s 6-4, 6-1. No. 5 Jason Wycoff defeated Brevard’s Chris Wilson 6-3, 6-1 and No. 6 Tarek Zikry beat Brevard’s Cameron Wilson 6-3, 6-4.
Carrboro’s No. 2 seed, Brian Freiburghouse, trailed Brevard’s Cre Still 4-6, 4-5 when the match ended.
Freiburghouse cited team unity as the underlying factor for the championship: “Teamwork, effort and personality are the biggest factors in our success this year, cheering each other on and saying let’s go, come on team let’s work.”
After the awards ceremony an emotional Noyes summed up the day’s experience as a coach: “For me, it’s what you work for. You know, 20 years (as a coach) and here I am.”
NOTES — Frisch was named the 2-A tournament’s most valuable player. ... Carrboro finishes the season at 16-2, Brevard falls to 18-1. ... Carrboro had a tough road to the title, facing last year’s 1-A runner-up, N.C. Science & Math and winning 5-0 on Friday before ending Brevard’s unbeaten season on Saturday.
NCHSAA 2-A Dual-Team Championship
at Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington
Carrboro 5, Brevard 0
SINGLES—Max Fritsch (C) d. Joseph Schrader 6-2, 6-4; Cre Still (B) leading Brian Freiburghouse 6-4, 5-4 when match stopped with outcome decided; Jacob Zinn (C) d. Andy McCall 6-1, 6-2; Aaron Hiller (C) d. Joe Roberts 6-4, 6-1; Jason Wycoff (C) d. Chris Wilson 6-3, 6-1; Tarek Zikry (C) d. Cameron Wilson 6-3, 6-4.
DOUBLES—Not played, outcome decided.
NOTES — Carrboro wins its first state boys’ dual-team tennis championship.