NCHSAA State 4-A Girl’s Tennis Championships – 1st Day

Defending Champions In Singles, Doubles Still Alive in NCHSAA 4-A Women’s Tennis

RALEIGH — A Panther Creek doubles team seeking its third consecutive state title steamrolled into the semifinals with a pair of wins in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s

Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland did not drop a single game in their two straight-set victories and will play the Charlotte Myers Park team of Katie Soden and Gaby Soden in one Saturday morning semifinal. Sara Ackerson and Ana Horvat (Cary Green Hope) will take on Caroline Pope and Brooke Pritchard (East Chapel Hill) in the other doubles semi.

Defending singles champion Susanne Boyden of Wakefield had little trouble advancing in her draw, winning her matches 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-0. But she’ll face a tough opponent in the semifinals in Cary’s Supriya Narisetti, who did not lose a single game on Friday.

The winner of that match will face the survivor of the match between Lauren Gish of Lake Norman and Peyton Pesavento of Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds for the singles championship.

Action starts at nine o’clock Saturday morning.

Millbrook Exchange Park

Singles—First Round
Supriya Narisetti (Cary) def. Taylor Walicki (Wilmington New Hanover) 6-0, 6-0; Ellis Brown (Greensboro Page) def. Maddie Weber (Charlotte Myers Park) 7-5, 6-3; Susanne Boyden (Raleigh Wakefield) def. Dawson Cooper (Wilmington New Hanover) 6-0, 6-0; Hailey Simon (Charlotte Ardrey Kell) def. Hannah Ansari (Greensboro Page) 6-2, 6-1; Lauren Gish (Lake Norman) def. Lauren Laughton (Durham Riverside) 6-0, 6-2; Savannah Taranto (Raleigh Millbrook) def. Frances Reed (Greenville JH Rose) 6-1, 6-1; Peyton Pesavento (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds) vs. Gabby Moore (Cornelius Hough) 6-0, 6-1; Amanda Cyr (Cary Panther Creek) def. Emma Gentry Landry (Southern Pines Pinecrest) 6-1, 6-0.

Narisetti (Cary) def. Brown (Page) 6-0,6-0; Boyden (Wakefield) def. Simon (Ardrey Kell) 6-0, 6-2; Gish (Lake Norman) def. Taranto (Millbrook) 6-2 3-6, 6-0; Pesavento (R.J. Reynolds) def. Cyr (Panther Creek) 6-3, 6-3.

Singles—Semifinals: Saturday at 9 am
Supriya Narisetti (Cary) vs. Suzanne Boyden (Raleigh Wakefield)
Lauren Gish (Lake Norman) vs. Peyton Pesavento (Winston-Salem Reynolds)

Doubles—First Round
Melanie Post-Kara Ferner (Wilmington Hoggard) def. Jenna Stachowiak-Shaye McAuliffe (Apex Middle Creek) 6-1, 7-6(5); Katie Soden-Gaby Soden (Charlotte Myers Park) def. Jana Klages-Miller–Andrea Volcan (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; Sammi Smith-Jordan Strickland (Cary Panther Creek) def. Erin Nesselroade-Anna Porcelli (Wilmington Laney) 6-0, 6-0; Mari Fuijno-Astrid Pascua (Greensboro Grimsley) def. Rachel Marthinsen-Megan Leonard (Charlotte Catholic) 7-5, 6-4; McKinley Riley-Catie Nelson (Charlotte Catholic) def. Jasmine Fuchs-Aashika Ramkumar (Northwest Guilford) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4); Sara Ackerson-Ana Horvat (Cary Green Hope) def. Chappy Ray-Claudia Ray (Southern Pines Pinecrest) 6-1, 6-1; Caroline Pope-Brooke Pritchard (East Chapel Hill) def. Haley Tan-Sullivan Higson (Charlotte Providence) 6-1, 6-2;
Sofia Anthony-Dylan Cannon (Raleigh Sanderson) def. Kendall Hanks-Suzie Schoolfield (Wilmington Laney) 6-1, 6-2.

Soden-Soden (Myers Park) def. Post-Ferner (Hoggard) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5; Smith-Strickland (Panther Creek) def. Fujino-Pascua (Grimsley) 6-0,6-0; Ackerson-Horvat (Green Hope) def. Riley-Nelson (Charlotte Catholic) 6-2, 6-2; Pope-Pritchard (East Chapel Hill) def. Anthony-Cannon (Sanderson) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

Doubles—Semifinals: Saturday at 9 am
Katie Soden-Gaby Soden (Charlotte Myers Park) vs. Sammi Smith-Jordan Strickland (Cary Panther Creek)
Sara Ackerson-Ana Horvat (Cary Green Hope) vs. Caroline Pope-Brooke Pritchard (East Chapel Hill)