NCHSAA State 3-A Girl’s State Tennis Tournament – 1st Day


BURLINGTON– Last year’s 3-A state singles runner-up Alix Theodossiou of Asheville moved into the semifinals with a pair of wins on Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women’s tennis tournament at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Theodossiou will face Masey DeMoss of Madison Dalton McMichael on Saturday morning in one semifinal, with DeMoss dropping only two games in her four sets of play on the opening day. DeMoss finished second in the state tournament in 2010 to Asheville’s MacKenzie LaSure.

Ashton Walker of Pikeville Charles B. Aycock will tangle with diminutive freshman Sarah Jiang of Concord Cox Mill in the other semifinal.

The doubles field of 16 teams featured three pairs of sisters, and one of them won their way into the semifinals to join two teams from Charlotte Catholic.

Randi Price and Kaley Price of Nash Central will play Grace Deering and Rachel Tomchin of Charlotte Catholic, while the Catholic pair of Caroline Smith and Christine Kessel will take on Emma Yates and Heidi Swope of Weddington.

Yates and Swope dropped the first set in the quarterfinals to the Cardinal Gbbons team of Natalie Freeman and Caroline Smith but battled back to win by 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

Action is scheduled to start on Saturday morning at nine o’clock.


Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington

Singles–First Round
Ashton Walker (Pikeville C.B. Aycock) def. Meredith Emery (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) 6-1, 6-0; Kaelan Forbes (Gastonia Forestview) def. Melissa Tally (Cameron Union Pines) 6-3, 7-6(1); Sarah Jiang (Concord Cox Mill) def. Sarah Hinson (Northern Nash) 6-2, 6-0; Devin Knors (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Erynn Hurst (Charlotte Harding) by default; Masey DeMoss (Mayodan McMichael) def. Taylor Frederickson (Morganton Patton) 6-1, 6-0; Ja’ney Carrothers (Charlotte Harding) def. Katie Gurley (Pikeville C.B. Aycock) 6-3, 7-6(5); Alix Theodossiou (Asheville) def. Mary Beth Jackson (Cameron Union Pines) 6-1, 6-4; Elizabeth Weaver (East Rowan) def. Caley Bass (Nash Central) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1.

Walker (Aycock) def. Forbes (Forestview) 6-4, 6-4; Jiang (Cox Mill) def. Knors (Gibbons) 6-2, 6-1; DeMoss (McMichael) def. Carrothers (Harding) 6-0, 6-1; Theodossiou (Asheville) def. Weaver (East Rowan) 6-2, 6-2.

Ashton Walker (Pikeville Charles B. Aycock) vs. Sarah Jiang (Concord Cox Mill)
Masey Demoss (Mayodan McMichael) vs. Alix Theodossiou (Asheville)

Doubles–First Round
Randi Price-Kaley Price (Nash Central) def. Kaylee Graham-Jackie Smith (Hickory Ridge) 6-3, 6-1; Claudia Steffey-Hope McIntosh (Gastonia Ashbrook) def. Laura Cameron-Elena D’Argenio (Cameron Union Pines) 6-2, 6-3; Grace Deering-Rachel Tomchin (Charlotte Catholic) def. Savannah Sutton-Faith Sutton (Eastern Wayne) 6-2, 6-3; Danielle Cohen-Nicole Chang (Chapel Hill) def. Zoe Fisher-Celeste Womack (Hickory) 6-4, 6-4;
Natalie Freeman-Caroline Smith (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Grace Kim-Kristie Kim (Asheville) 6-0, 6-2; Emma Yates-Heidi Swope (Weddington) def. Jennifer Byrd-Cailin Goff (Erwin Triton) 6-0, 6-4; Madeline Finley-Julia Kessel (Hickory), bye; Caroline Smith-Christine Kessel (Charlotte Catholic) def. Dana Kelly-Lizzie Eakin (Nash Central) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

R. Price-K. Price (Nash Central) def. Steffey-McIntosh (Ashbrook) 6-2, 6-0; Deering-Tomchin (Charlotte Catholic) def. Cohen-Chang (Chapel Hill) 6-2, 6-0; Yates-Swope (Weddington) def. Freeman-Smith (Cardinal Gibbons) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1; Smith-Kessel (Charlotte Catholic) def. Finley-Kessel (Hickory) 7-6(3), 6-1.

Randi Price-Kaley Price (Nash Central) vs. Grace Deering-Rachel Tomchin (Charlotte Catholic), 9 am
Emma Yates-Heidi Swope (Weddington) vs. Caroline Smith-Christine Kessel (Charlotte Catholic), 9 am