Carrboro, NCSSM host dual-team tennis playoffs
Carrboro and the N.C. School of Science & Math are the top area qualifiers remaining in the state dual-team tennis championships and will host quarterfinal matches today at 4 p.m.
Also in action today will be the area’s other two tournament survivors. Carolina 6 3-A Conference No. 2 seed Chapel Hill (15-5) hosts a fellow No. 2 seed in Pikeville C.B. Aycock (13-5) at 4 p.m. today, while Carolina 12 2-A No. 2 seed Cedar Ridge (17-3) travels to No. 1 seed Topsail (16-2), also at 4 p.m.
Carrboro (18-1) is led by state individual tournament qualifiers Max Fritsch and Brian Freiburghouse (singles) and the doubles teams of Jake Zinn and Paul Flournoy and Tanner Roach and Aaron Hiller. The Jaguars will face a tough opponent in fellow No. 1 conference seed Reidsville (13-3).
All six players will play singles, while Fritsch and Freiburghouse will pair up for doubles.
Science & Math (14-2) also will run out a state qualifying doubles team in Josh Mu and Abhay Qureshi, but the most interesting part of the Unicorns’ home match (4 p.m., Whippoorwill Park), could be the opponent — Carolina 1-A rival Voyager Academy.
Voyager (10-7) is a wild-card playoff entry that shouldn’t pose much of a threat to NCSSM except perhaps at No. 1 singles, where state individual qualifier Harrison Stone holds court.
NCSSM will run Jin Kang, Danny Oh, Mu, Eric Wang, Qureshi and Russell Aryeetey out at Nos. 1-6 singles against Stone, Coy Cameron, Christian Quick, Wesley Hickerson, Charlie Stone and Chris Hambleton.
In doubles, pairings for NCSSM will be Kang/Wang, Oh/Aryeetey and Mu/Qureshi against counterparts Harrison Stone/Cameron, Quick/Hickerson and Charlie Stone/Hambleton.
Cedar Ridge’s lineup includes individual singles qualifier Zac Marion in the No. 1 slot, followed by Isaac and Erik Lutz, Brandon Phares, Ryan Hudson and Forrest Heath. In doubles, Marion and Eric Lutz lead it off, followed by I. Lutz/B. Phares and Hudson/Trevor Phares.
For Chapel Hill, opening at No. 1 in singles will be Bryan Zhang followed by Jared Weber, Garcian D’Cruz, Lucas Prata, Ashwin Bhargava and Daniel Ferreira. In doubles, state individual tournament qualifiers Zhang and Weber are followed at No. 2 by D’Cruz/Bhargava and at No. 3 by Alex Walker/Prata.