WAKEFIELD’S BOYDEN WINS 4-A SINGLES CROWN;
PANTHER CREEK PAIR SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS DOUBLES TITLE
RALEIGH — Raleigh Wakefield’s Suzanne Boyden stopped the bid by Maggie Kane of Raleigh Broughton to win a second consecutive singles state title Saturday afternoon in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A women’s tennis tournament at the Millbrook Exchange Park.
Boyden, a sophomore, defeated Kane by 7-5, 6-2, dramatically rallying from 5-0 down in the first set. Boyden had beaten Kane earlier in the Cap Eight tournament finals and then defeated her in last week’s regionals.
In doubles, the Cary Panther Creek pair of Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland , both sophomores, won the state title for the second straight year. Strickland and Smith defeated Jamie Rogers and Hannah Jabusch of Cary in a tough three-set match, outlasting their nearby rivals 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.
Seven of the eight qualifiers to Saturday’s semifinals, from six different schools, were from Wake County, including all four doubles teams. Chelsea Sawyer of West Forsyth was the only non-Wake County participant left in the tournament on Saturday.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2013 4-A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Millbrook Exchange Park, Raleigh
Singles — Semifinals
Maggie Kane (Raleigh Broughton) def. Bailey Edwards (Holly Springs) 6-2, 6-3; Suzanne Boyden (Raleigh Wakefield) def. Chelsea Sawyer (West Forsyth) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Singles — Championship
Boyden (Wakefield) def. Kane (Broughton) 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles — Semifinals
Jamie Rogers-Hannah Jabusch (Cary) def. Lauren McCorquodale-Savannah Taranto (Raleigh Millbrook) 6-3, 6-1; Sammi Smith-Jordan Strickland (Cary Panther Creek) def. Adrienne Overcash-Alison Austin (Raleigh Broughton) 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles – Championship
Smith-Strickland (Panther Creek) def. Rogers-Jabusch (Cary) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.