Boys state tennis playoffs begin Friday
The state individual boys’ tennis championships in four classifications get underway Friday with area qualifiers in 1-A, 2-A, 3-A and 4-A regionals opening play.
Each regional consists of two single-elimination rounds at 2 p.m. Friday and two more — regional semifinals and finals — beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The 4-A Mideast Regional will be held at UNC Chapel Hill’s Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The 3-A Mideast Region is at Burlington Tennis Center, the 2-A Mideast Regional at Jaycees Park in Reidsville and the 1-A East Regional at Herman Park in Goldsboro.
Those are the regionals that will host area qualifiers.
From the 4-A PAC-6, singles representatives are champion Max Smith of East Chapel Hill, runner-up David Senerchia of Northern, Connor Lutz of ECH and Colin Eimers of Jordan.
In doubles, PAC-6 representatives are the champion team of Jack Devonport and Josh George of East Chapel Hill, runners-up Sam Bacon and Patrick Taylor of Jordan, Charles Herst and Cameron Pyle of Jordan and Thomas Wang and Ondrey Drobny of ECH.
From the Carolina 6 3-A Conference, area qualifiers are third-place singles finisher Garcian D’Cruz of Chapel Hill and C-6 runners-up Bryan Zhang and Lucas Prata of Chapel Hill in doubles.
The C-6 was denied a fourth qualifying spot in singles and doubles because Southern Vance did not field a team this season. As a full six-team conference last year — as opposed to five this year — the C-6 had four qualifying spots in both events.
The loss of the fourth qualifying slot scost fourth-place conference finishers Arjun Raghavan and the doubles tandem of Aaron Weber and Jared Walker, all of Chapel Hill, who did not move on.
Carolina 12 2-A Conference singles representatives are champion Max Fritsch of Carrboro, runner-up Zac Marion of Cedar Ridge, Brian Freiburghouse of Carrboro and Owen Ryan of Durham School of the Arts.
In doubles, qualifiers are C-12 2-A champions Tanner Roach and Aaron Hiller of Carrboro, runners-up Chris Cole and Zafer Estill of Pittsboro Northwood, Erik Lutz and Isaac Lutz of Cedar Ridge and Jake Zinn and Paul Flournoy of Carrboro.
In the 1-A ranks, the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics and Voyager Academy each qualified one singles player and one doubles team.
From NCSSM, a perennial state tennis power, Jin Kang advances in singles and Josh Mu and Abhay Qureshi in doubles. From Voyager, the qualifiers are singles player Harrison Stone and the doubles team of Coy Cameron and Wesley Hickerson.