CHAPEL HILL – Championships in singles and doubles in four different classifications are up for grabs this weekend as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association holds its annual women’s tennis tournament championships at three different sites.
Semifinalists in both singles and doubles at the regional level qualify for the state championships.
The 4-A championships are scheduled for the Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh, while the 3-A event will be held at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center. The 2-A and 1-A championships are both set for the Cary Tennis Center.
Action will get underway on Friday morning with the opening round of play at 9 a.m. Two rounds will be played on Friday, with the semifinals Saturday morning and the championship matches on Saturday afternoon. Since the field is smaller for the 1-A tournament, the only Saturday matches will be the championships Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
Two-time defending 4-A singles champion Suzanne Boyden of Wakefield is back to seek her third straight crown, while the team of Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland of Cary Panther Creek goes after their fourth consecutive doubles championship. The only time that feat was accomplished in doubles was by Lisa and Margit Monaco of Fayetteville Terry Sanford when the tournament was an open event from 1977-80.
In 3-A action, Sarah Jiang of Concord Cox Mill, the singles runner-up for the past two years, is back in the championship draw for the fourth straight year. She was the runner-up in both 2012 and ’13. Adrienne Haynes of Asheville is back to defend her singles crown.
Salisbury has two singles players and a doubles team in the 2-A championship draw, while Lake Norman Charter placed two singles players and two doubles teams into the 2-A championships.
In the 1-A classification, Julissa Quintanilla of North Duplin is back in the championship draw for the fourth straight season and was the runner-up a year ago. Marisa Deininger of Community School of Davidson, who was the 2013 runner-up, has also qualified in singles.
More tennis finals are scheduled for next week, as all four classes of the women’s dual team tennis championships will be November 7 at the Burlington Tennis Center.
Event: NCHSAA Women’s Tennis Tournament Championships
Date: October 30-31, 2015
Site: 1-A: Cary Tennis Center; 2-A: Cary Tennis Center; 3-A: Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center; 4-A: Millbrook Exchange Park, Raleigh
First Held: 1970
Qualifiers: Semifinalists in both singles and doubles at the regional level qualify for the state events
Of Interest: Laura Cowman of Charlotte Catholic (1989-92), Julianne Treme of Salisbury (1993-96), Jackie Houston of Kings Mountain (1993-96), Britney Cloer of Brevard and then West Henderson (2003-06) are all four-time NCHSAA women’s singles champions.
Here are the opening round pairings in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state women’s tennis tournaments in all four classifications at their designated sites:
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2015 WOMEN’S STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
1-A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cary Tennis Center, Cary
Morgan Blount (Durham Voyager Academy) vs. Katya Landon (Chatham Charter)
Diana Alexandrov (Winston-Salem Atkins) vs. Julissa Quintanilla (North Duplin)
Marisa Deininger (Community School of Davidson) vs. Camyrn McClure (Raleigh Charter)
Kaylyn Norville (Tarboro) vs. Lydia Miller (Matthews Queen’s Grant)
MacKenzie DeLoatch-Logan Furr (Raleigh Charter) vs. Miracle Walters-Morgan Randleman (Elkin)
Courtney Williamson-Lindsey Batten (Chatham Central) vs. Chase Barnhill-Sarahgrace Snipes (Whiteville)
Morgan Auger-Anna Petrangeli (Kernersville Bishop McGuinness) vs. Clair Joyner-Danielle Park (Frankin Academy)
McKenzie Mixon-Kristin Davis (Riverside-Martin) vs. Elizabeth Romero-Jade Cagle (East Montgomery)
2-A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cary Tennis Center, Cary
Peyton Beaman (Greene Central) vs. Jessika Barber (Wilkes Central)
Lauren Bush (Lake Norman Charter) vs. Rachel Watlington (Yanceyville Bartlett Yancey)
Maria Capito (Salisbury) vs. Maddie Brannan (Dixon)
Hannah Watlington (Yanceyville Bartlett Yancey) vs. Lauren Loveless (Lake Norman Charter)
Rachel Rice (Durham School of the Arts) vs. Annabelle Webb (Hendersonville)
Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) vs. Caroline Cowan (Kill Devil Hills First Flight)
Zoe Huffman (Maiden) vs. Emily Easthorn (Carrboro)
Sarah Dover (Currituck) vs. Kaley Williford (Monroe Central Academy)
Kate Whichard-Ellie Rinehart (Edenton Holmes) vs. Sommer Chilton-Mallory Wilmoth (Surry Central)
Zoe Panizza-Emily Chrisman (Lake Norman Charter) vs. Jennifer Zou-Katherine Li (Durham N.C. School of Science and Math)
Kayla Honeycutt-Kathyrn Rusher (Salisbury) vs. Danielle Duckwall-Nechelle Everette (Washington)
Abby Rader-Emine Arcasoy (Carrboro) vs. Kylee Leonhardt-Heather Truesdale (West Lincoln)
Sarah Yuan-Annie Xie (Durham N.C. School of Science and Math) vs. Abbey Parsons-Annie Bean (West Caldwell)
Maggie Lancaster-Emerson Hayes (Lexington) vs. Rachel Jones-Sidney Swindell (North Lenoir)
Olivia Archer-Hannah Archer (Lake Norman Charter) vs. Sarah Morse-Marshall Phillips (Siler City Jordan-Matthews)
Haley Beamon-Grace Sullivan (Wilson Beddingfield) vs. Sydney Gray—Jessie-Lynn Ward (Mount Pleasant)
3A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington
Elizabeth Sutton (Eastern Wayne) vs. Emily Figman (Weddington)
Savannah Smith (West Henderson) vs. Julianne Hall (Cameron Union Pines)
Sarah Jiang (Cox Mill) vs. Megan Dyer (Corinth Holders)
Tanya Slehria (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) vs. Natalie Lutz (Kings Mountain)
Carter Jeurgens (Northern Guilford) vs. Lauren Scism (Shelby Crest)
Payton Holt (West Rowan) vs. Caroline Harris (Hampstead Topsail)
Adrienne Haynes (Asheville) vs. Megan Smith (Cameron Union Pines)
Carmen Jordan (Hampstead Topsail) vs. Rachel Zubrinsky (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge)
Brenna Bryant-Chandler Brice (Rocky Mount) vs. Ashley Robinson-Andrea Brenk (Concord)
Hannah Farmer-Shruti Patel (Enka) vs. Gabby Kmiec-Carolina Coch (Chapel Hill)
Sarah Merrill-Jillian Paris (Weddington) vs. Sabrina Johnson-Casey Belom (Pikeville Charles B. Aycock)
Huda McGraw-Sophia McGraw (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) vs. Kendall Gilliam-Mary Elaine Bridges (West Henderson)
Mary Beth Jackson-Hailee Haymore (Cameron Union Pines) vs. Ellie Hunt-Jenny Kerley (Hickory St. Stephens)
Taylor Freeman-Sarah Richardson (Thomasville Ledford) vs. Liz Short-Kate Hanson (Wilson Fike)
Kristie Kim-Mary Hamrick (Asheville) vs. Ellen Yu-Joy Stouffer (Chapel Hill)
Eliza Fike-Mary Blair Thompson (Rocky Mount) vs. Ryleigh Burns-Hannah Scott (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge)
4A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Millbrook Exchange Park, Raleigh
Francis Reed (Greenville Rose) vs. Sophie Bishoff (Durham Riverside)
Maddie Weber (Charlotte Myers Park) vs. Orla Labiche (Cary Panther Creek)
Laura Becker (Davie County) vs. Molly Holton (New Bern)
Amanda Cyr (Cary Panther Creek) vs. Hailey Simon (Charlotte Ardrey Kell)
Suzanne Boyden (Raleigh Wakefield), bye
Ellis Brown (Greensboro Page) vs. Emma Landry (Southern Pines Pinecrest)
Lauren Gish (Lake Norman) vs. Karena Zhang (Cary Green Hope)
Kara Ferner (Wilmington Hoggard) vs. Savannah Bright (East Chapel Hill)
Erin Nesselroade-Anna Porcelli (Wilmington Laney) vs. Jasmine Fuchs-Haley Wofford (Charlotte Myers Park)
Katie Soden-Gaby Soden (Charlotte Myers Park) vs. Sibel Tanik-Sofia Anthony (Raleigh Sanderson)
Lizzie Galush-Jenna Knors (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. Emily Hodges-Paige Sumner (Southern Pines Pinecrest)
Dylan Cannon-Anna Scott Holshouser (Raleigh Sanderson) vs. Megan Leonard-Rachel Marthinsen (Charlotte Catholic)
Sammi Smith-Jordan Strickland (Cary Panther Creek) vs. Abby Scheper-Sullivan Higson (Charlotte Providence)
Hannah Ansari-Carolyn Ansari (Greensboro Page) vs. Claudia Ray-Chappy Ray (Southern Pines Pinecrest)
Catie Nelson-Lizzie Fiepke (Charlotte Catholic) vs. Aishani Tingare-Melody Zhang (Cary Panther Creek)
Suzie Schoolfield-Kendall Hanks (Wilmington Laney) vs. Caroline Igo-Summer Jacobs (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons)