MARVIN RIDGE PLAYERS IMPRESSIVE IN NCHSAA 3-A TENNIS
BURLINGTON— Marvin Ridge High School players took three of the four slots in the finals
on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men’s tennis championships at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center and wound up with the doubles crown.
In fact, the doubles championship was an all-Marvin Ridge event, with Hayden Wohlfarth and Woody Watson beating teammates John Hatala and Avanish Madhavarm for the state championship in a tough three-set match, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.
Hatala and Madhavarm teamed to form the number-one doubles team for Marvin Ridge during the season, with Wohlfarth and Watson at number two. But Wohlfarth and Watson beat their teammates in both the regional finals and then for the state title.
Matt Galush of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons completed an excellent career, culminating it with the state singles championship. Galush spurted to a 5-2 lead over George Lovitt of Marvin Ridge in the opening set and seemed on the verge of an easy victory, but Lovitt battled back gamely to even the set at 6-6 before losing in a tiebreaker. Galush then poured it on with a 6-1 win in the second set to earn the title.
Galush qualified for the NCHSAA state tournament all four years he played and was a part of two doubles state championships. His record in state tournament competition was an amazing 15-1, with this his first trip to the finals as a singles player.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2015 MEN’S 3-A STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Burlington Tennis Center: Saturday’s Results
Matt Galush (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Austin Allen (Asheboro) 6-1, 6-0;
George Lovitt (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) def. Mark Fujino (Northern Guilford) 6-4, 6-4.
Galush (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Lovitt (Marvin Ridge) 7-6(0), 6-1.
John Hatala-Avanish Madhavarm (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) def. Sahil Vasa-William Hatt (Weddington) 6-3, 6-3;
Hayden Wohlfarth-Woody Watson (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) def. Ben Williams-Dylan Dinkins (Cameron Union Pines) 6-2, 6-4.
Wohlfarth-Watson (Marvin Ridge) def. Hatala-Madhavarm (Marvin Ridge) 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.