HAYNES OF ASHEVILLE WINS 3-A SINGLES TITLE AGAIN; UNION PINES DUO TAKES DOUBLES TITLE
BURLINGTON – Defending singles champion Adrienne Haynes of Asheville made it two in a row by winning another title Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women’s tennis championships at the Burlington Tennis Center.
Both Haynes, a junior, and Sarah Jiang of Concord Cox Mill won their Saturday morning semifinals in easy straight set victories that lasted only 50 minutes. Then in the championship, Haynes defeated Jiang by 6-2, 6-4.
Haynes has been in the state tournament in each of her three high school seasons and lost in the semifinals to Jiang in 2013 before winning the last two crowns.
Jiang, who has had a great high school career, qualified for the state tournament four consecutive years and lost to the eventual state champion in each of those years, including finishing as state runner-up on three occasions.
Mary Beth Jackson and Hailee Haymore of Cameron Union Pines teamed to win the doubles title, downing Huda McGraw and Sophia McGraw of Fayetteville Terry Sanford in straight 7-5 sets.
Jackson was making her fourth appearance in the state championships but the first in doubles after competing in singles in her first three trips to the tournament.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2015 3-A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington
Sarah Jiang (Concord Cox Mill) def. Savannah Smith (West Henderson) 6-0, 6-1; Adrienne Haynes (Asheville) def. Lauren Scism (Shelby Crest) 6-0, 6-0.
Haynes (Asheville) def. Jiang (Cox Mill) 6-2, 6-4.
Huda McGraw-Sophia McGraw (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) def. Brenna Bryant-Chandler Brice (Rocky Mount) 6-2, 6-1; Mary Beth Jackson-Hailee Haymore (Cameron Union Pines) def. Kristie Kim-Mary Hamrick (Asheville) 6-2, 6-1.
Jackson-Haymore (Union Pines) def. H. McGraw-S. McGraw (Terry Sanford) 7-5, 7-5.