SEMIFINALS SET FOR NCHSAA 3-A TENNIS ON FRIDAY
BURLINGTON — Waxhaw Marvin Ridge and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons dominated Thursday’s action in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men’s tennis championships at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center.
Both schools advanced two doubles teams into the semifinals and each has a singles player still alive in the tournament.
Marvin Ridge and Cardinal Gibbons will collide in both doubles matches Friday morning, with defending 3-A doubles champ Matt Galush and Noah Constantine of Gibbons taking on Avanish Madhavaram and Hayden Wohlfarth of Marvin Ridge. The other match pits Jim Mantyh and Kyle Fitzgerald of Gibbons against the Marvin Ridge duo of Andrew Viditz-Ward and Liam Florian.
Defending singles champ Robert Kelly of Gibbons has a semifinal date with George Lovitt of Marvin Ridge. Kelly lost only five games in four sets on Thursday while Lovitt won one match by default and was a 6-0, 6-1 winner in the other.
One of the best matches of the day occurred in the singles quarterfinals where Anthony Brennan of Swansboro ousted Austin Allen of Asheboro in a high level three-setter, rallying to win 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-3.
Semifinals are scheduled to start at 9 am Friday morning, with the championship matches following later in the day.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2014 MEN’S 3-A STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Burlington Tennis Center: Thursday’s Results
SINGLES — FIRST ROUND
Anthony Brennan (Swansboro) def. Levy Young (Lenoir Hibriten) 6-2, 6-2; Austin Allen (Asheboro) def. Chris Chang (Chapel Hill) 6-3, 6-2; Cole Douglas-Fields (Asheville A.C. Reynolds) def. Calvin Yurick (Richlands) 6-2 6-3; Bryan Zhang (Chapel Hill) def. Austin Schepel (Waxhaw Cuthbertson) 6-1, 6-3; Robert Kelly (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Kyle Kennedy (Northwest Cabarrus) 6-1, 6-3; Johnathon Jenkins (North Gaston) def. Kevin Ramirez (Rocky Mount) 6-1, 6-2; George Lovitt (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) def. Zac Marion (Hillsborough Cedar Ridge), default; Jackson Willis (Nash Central) def. Isaac Sluder (Waynesville Tuscola) 6-4, 7-5.
SINGLES — QUARTERFINALS
Brennan (Swansboro) def. Allen (Asheboro) 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3; Zhang (Chapel Hill) def. Douglas-Fields (A.C. Reynolds) 6-2, 6-3; Kelly (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Jenkins (North Gaston) 6-0, 6-1; Lovitt (Marvin Ridge) def. Willis (Nash Central) 6-0, 6-1.
SINGLES — SEMIFINALS
Anthony Brennan (Swansboro) vs. Bryan Zhang (Chapel Hill)
Robert Kelly (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. George Lovitt (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge)
DOUBLES — FIRST ROUND
Matt Splain-Destin Newfont (North Buncombe) def. Thomas Smith-Reid Harris (Wilson Fike) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5; Andrew Viditz-Ward—Liam Florian (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) def. Ben Williams-Dylan Dinkins (Cameron Union Pines) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Jack Wasserman-Dylan Goodmon (Shelby Crest) def. Jake Altman-Jamie Schap (Wendell Corinth Holders) 6-1, 6-2; Jim Mantyh-Kyle Fitzgerald (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Sahil Vasa-Everett Haugh (Weddington) 6-4, 7-5; Matt Galush-Noah Constantine (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Eric Whisnant-Will Cole (Western Guilford) 6-0, 6-2; Luke Kessel-Will Arditti (Hickory) def. Noah Pieper-Dean Crenshaw (South Brunswick) 6-4, 6-0; Avanish Madhavaram-Hayden Wohlfarth (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) def. Alex Walker-Ashwin Bhargava (Chapel Hill) 6-4, 7-5;Tremel Davis-Matthew Outlaw (Northern Nash) def. Trey LaSure-Myles Grady (Asheville) 6-4, 6-2.
DOUBLES — QUARTERFINALS
Viditz-Ward—Florian (Marvin Ridge) def. Splain-Newfont (North Buncombe) 6-2, 6-1; Mantyh-Fitzgerald (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Wasserman-Goodmon (Crest) 6-3, 6-1; Galush-Constantine (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Kessel-Arditti (Hickory) 6-0, 6-3; Madhavaram-Wohlfarth (Marvin Ridge) def. Davis-Outlaw (Northern Nash) 6-2, 6-2.
DOUBLES – SEMIFINALS
Andrew Viditz-Ward—Liam Florian (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) vs. Jim Mantyh-Kyle Fitzgerald (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons)
Matt Galush-Noah Constantine (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. Avanish Madhavaram-Hayden Wohlfarth (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge)