GIBBONS PLAYERS SWEEP CROWNS IN NCHSAA 3-A TENNIS
BURLINGTON — Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons players swept the state titles on Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men’s tennis championships at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center.
The champions in both singles and doubles successfully defended their crowns. Robert Kelly of Gibbons downed Swansboro’s Andrew Brennan in the singles final, 6-3, 6-2, to win his second consecutive state championship.
Brennan had eliminated Chapel Hill’s Bryan Zhang in the semifinals, 7-6(2), 6-1 while Kelly was defeating George Lovitt of Waxhaw Marvin Ridge in straight sets.
Marvin Ridge and Cardinal Gibbons each sent two doubles teams into the Friday morning semifinals, but Gibbons had little trouble advancing, winning both semifinals in straight sets and moving to the finals in matches which lasted less than 40 minutes each.
That set up a rematch of last weekend’s regional championship between Gibbons teammates, and defending champions Matt Galush and Noah Constantine rolled past the team of Jim Mantyh and Kyle Fitzgerald easily, 6-0, 6-1.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2014 MEN’S 3-A STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Burlington Tennis Center: Friday’s Results
SINGLES — SEMIFINALS
Anthony Brennan (Swansboro) def. Bryan Zhang (Chapel Hill) 7-6 (2), 6-1; Robert Kelly (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. George Lovitt (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) 6-3, 6-3.
SINGLES — CHAMPIONSHIP
Kelly (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Brennan (Swansboro) 6-3, 6-2.
DOUBLES – SEMIFINALS
Jim Mantyh-Kyle Fitzgerald (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Andrew Viditz-Ward—Liam Florian (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) 6-0, 6-0; Matt Galush-Noah Constantine (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Avanish Madhavaram-Hayden Wohlfarth (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) 6-0, 6-1.
DOUBLES — CHAMPIONSHIP
Galush-Constantine (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Mantyh-Fitzgerald (Cardinal Gibbons) 6-0, 6-1.