NCHSAA State 2-A Girl’s Tennis Championships – 1st Day

Bridges, Honeycutt Impressive In Singles In NCHSAA Women’s 2-A Tennis

CARY – Shelby’s Nancy Bridges, the 2013 state 2-A singles runner-up and state champion two years ago, marched into the semifinals with a pair of victories in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women’s tennis championships on Friday at the Cary Tennis Center.

Bridges won both of her matches in straight sets and lost only a single game on the day. She will face Salisbury’s Kayla Honeycutt in one Saturday semifinal after Honeycutt was equally impressive, losing only one game in four sets.

Caroline Cowan of Kill Devil Hills First Flight, who won a marathon three-set match in the quarterfinals over Olivia Varner of West Davidson, plays Carrboro’s Jessica Ille in the other singles semifinal.

The doubles team of Hannah Archer and Olivia Archer of Lake Norman Charter was also dominant, winning both of its Friday matches in straight sets at love to move into the semifinals. The Lake Norman Charter duo will play Grace Steinman and Kathryn Rusher of Salisbury, while Caroline Smith and Haley Beamon (Wilson Beddingfield) tangle with Lydia Yuan and Sara Yuan (Durham North Carolina School Science & Math) in semifinal action.

Semifinals start at nine o’clock Saturday morning.

Cary Tennis Center

Singles—First Round
Caroline Cowan (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) def. Rachel Watlington (Yanceyville Bartlett Yancey) 6-4, 6-4; Olivia Varner (West Davidson) def. Alivia Liveway (Polk County) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0; Jessica Ille (Carrboro) def. Emily Wilkinson (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) 6-0, 6-0; Charanya Uppalapati (Lake Norman Charter) def. Jane Blackburn (North Surry) 6-4, 7-6(1); Nancy Bridges (Shelby) def. Kaley Williford (Monroe Central Academy) 6-0, 6-1; Katherine Li (Durham North Carolina School of Science & Math) def. Austin Griffin (North Lenoir) 6-0, 6-2; Kayla Honeycutt (Salisbury) def. Tiffany Onia (Lake Norman Charter) 6-0, 6-0; Rebecca Lui (Durham North Carolina School of Science & Math) def. Claudia Rowe (Hertford County) 6-4, 6-1.

Cowan (First Flight) def. Varner (West Davidson) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Ille (Carrboro) def. Uppalapati (Lake Norman Charter) 6-0, 6-2; Bridges (Sheby) def. Li (NCSSM) 6-0, 6-0; Honeycutt (Salisbury) def. Lui (NCSSM) 6-1, 6-0.

Singles—Semifinals: Saturday, 9 am
Caroline Cowan (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) vs. Jessica Ille (Carrboro)
Nancy Bridges (Shelby) vs. Kayla Honeycutt (Salisbury)

Doubles—First Round
Caroline Smith-Haley Beamon (Wilson Beddingfield) def. Lindsay Tate-Sarah Morse (Siler City Jordan-Matthews) 6-1, 6-4; Maria Capito-Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) def. Brittany Connor-Lauren Dillard (Newton-Conover) 6-4, 7-5; Lydia Yuan-Sara Yuan (Durham North Carolina School Science & Math) def. Kate Whichard-Ellie Rinehart (Edenton Holmes) 6-0, 6-1; Lauren Bush-Lauren Loveless (Lake Norman Charter) def. Emerson Hayes-Maggie Lancaster (Lexington) 6-2,6-3; Hannah Archer-Olivia Archer (Lake Norman Charter) def. Bryce Helms-Shelby Aldridge (Marshville Forest Hills) 6-0, 6-0; Olivia Shaheen-Abby Rader (Carrboro) def. Lauren Dunlow-Windy Todd (Bertie) 6-3, 6-2; Grace Steinman-Kathryn Rusher (Salisbury) def. Haley Fair-Amy Yarborough (Hendersonville) 6-0, 6-0; Anna Xu-Rachel Xu (Durham North Carolina School Science & Math) def. Peyton Beaman-Brycen Radford (Greene Central) 6-2, 6-3.

Smith-Beamon (Beddingfield) def. Capito-Honeycutt (Salisbury) 6-1, 6-3; Yuan-Yuan (NCSSM) def. Bush-Loveless (Lake Norman Charter) 6-3, 7-5; Archer-Archer (Lake Norman Charter) def. Shaheen-Rader (Carrboro) 6-0, 6-0; Steinman-Rusher (Salisbury) def. Xu-Xu (NCSSM) 6-4, 6-1.

Doubles—Semifinals: Saturday, 9 am
Caroline Smith-Haley Beamon (Wilson Beddingfield) vs. Lydia Yuan-Sara Yuan (Durham North Carolina School Science & Math)
Hannah Archer-Olivia Archer (Lake Norman Charter) vs. Grace Steinman-Kathryn Rusher (Salisbury)