1-A NCHSAA MEN’S TENNIS—FIRST DAY
HENDERSONVILLE’S FUQUA ADVANCES TO SINGLES FINALS;nELKIN TEAM TO FACE BISHOP MCGUINNESS PAIR IN DOUBLES
CARY—James Fuqua of Hendersonville earned his way into the singles finals with two wins on Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A men’s tennis championships at the Cary Tennis Center.
Fuqua, who last year lost in the finals in straight sets to Tyler Macy of Elkin, will take on Rosewood’s Dylan Cuddington in the championship. Cuddington won a terrific three-set match of John Latimer of Misenheimer Gray Stone Day in the afternoon semifinals, winning 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
Macy, the singles winner a year ago, is teaming this time with Ryan Schell of Elkin in doubles and the Buckin’ Elks duo advanced to the championship match with a pair of convincing wins, losing only one game in four sets. The Elkin team will play Kevin Weckworth and Sam McLaughry of Kernersville Bishop McGuinness in the championship match.
The Bishop duo dropped the first set of their semifinal with another Elkin team, David Bullin and Chad Vestal, but rallied to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. Weckworth has been a part of the last two doubles championship teams at 1-A, teaming with a different partner each year.
Finals are scheduled for 8:30 Saturday morning.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2013 MEN’S 1-A STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cary Tennis Center
Dylan Cuddington (Rosewood) def. Mitch Kessler (Mount Airy) 6-4, 3-1 (ret); John Latimer (Misenheimer Gray Stone Day) def. Harrison Tucker (Franklin Academy) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Jacob Fuqua (Hendersonville) def. Harrison Stone (Durham Voyager Academy) 6-0, 6-2; Blake Scherrman (Lake Norman Charter) def. Chase Conner (Riverside-Martin) 6-3, 6-2.
Cuddington (Rosewood) def. Latimer (Gray Stone Day) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3; Fuqua (Hendersonville) def. Scherrman (Lake Norman Charter) 6-0, 6-2.
Dylan Cuddington (Rosewood) vs. Jacob Fuqua (Hendersonville), Saturday 8:30 am
David Bullin-Chad Vestal (Elkin) def. Jonathan Tseng-Neeraj Suresh (Raleigh Charter) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Kevin Weckworth-Sam McLaughry (Kernersville Bishop McGuinness) def. Brett Ross-Anderson Caldwell (Riverside-Martin) 6-2, 6-0; Tyler Macy-Ryan Schell (Elkin) def. Josh Matias-Tyler Lane (Goldsboro) 6-0, 6-0; Joel Morton-Bradley Batten (Albemarle) def. Josh Mu-Abhay Qureshi (Durham North Carolina School of Science and Math) 6-1, 6-4.
Weckworth-McLaughry (Bishop McGuinness) def. Bullin-Vestal (Elkin) 2-6, 7-5, 6-0; Macy-Schell (Elkin) def. Morton-Batten (Albemarle) 6-0, 6-1.
Kevin Weckworth-Sam McLaughry (Kernersville Bishop McGuinness) vs. Tyler Macy-Ryan Schell (Elkin), Saturday 8:30 am