CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Women’s Dual Team Tennis Championships field has been set and first round pairings announced for the tournament that will begin first round play on Tuesday, October 25th at the higher seed.
The 27th annual dual team tournament is played across four classifications and consists of 32 teams in the 2A, 3A and 4A brackets while the 1A field will be comprised of 24 teams.
This is the first NCHSAA Championship Bracket that was seeded with the one-year Pilot Seeding Program approved by the Board of Directors in May. For more information about the seeding process, please see the detailed outline of the process here.
2016 1A FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
East Carteret (13-3-0, E1), BYE
Louisburg (2-7-0, ME4) vs. Wallace-Rose Hill (5-7-0, E5)
Tarboro (7-4-0, E3) vs. Princeton (6-6-0, ME6)
Whiteville (14-0-0, ME2), BYE
Raleigh Charter (10-0-0, ME1), BYE
Manteo (3-3-0, E4) vs. Franklin Academy (14-2-0, ME5)
Chatham Central (17-0-0, ME3) vs. South Creek (4-3-0, E6)
Rosewood (4-1-1, E2), BYE
Elkin (15-4-0, W1), BYE
Chatham Charter (13-3-0, MW4) vs. Community School of Davidson (5-2-0, W5)
Avery County (6-9-0, W3) vs. Gray Stone Day (8-6-0, MW6)
North Stanly (12-1-1, MW2), BYE
Mount Airy (22-0-0, MW1), BYE
East Wilkes (14-5-0, W4) vs. Bishop McGuinness (13-4-0, MW5)
East Surry (16-3-0, MW3) vs. Starmount (8-7-0, W6)
Pine Lake Preparatory (8-2-1, W2), BYE
2016 2A FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
Dixon (12-0-1, E1) vs. North Johnston (11-6-0, ME8)
Durham School of the Arts (9-1-0, ME4) vs. First Flight (12-2-0, E5)
Greene Central (14-3-1, E3) vs. St. Pauls (11-3-0, ME6)
NC School of Science & Math (6-0-0, ME2) vs. Currituck County (10-4-0, E7)
West Bladen (16-0-0, ME1) vs. Beddingfield (10-5-0, E8)
Washington (8-7-0, E4) vs. Bartlett Yancey (17-4-0, ME5)
South Columbus (8-3-0, ME3) vs. East Duplin (14-5-0, E6)
John A. Holmes (17-2-0, E2) vs. Carrboro (7-3-0, ME7)
Maiden (16-0-0, W1) vs. West Davidson (8-4-0, MW8)
Salisbury (12-1-0, MW4) vs. Brevard (11-5-0, W5)
East Burke (6-2-0, W3) vs. Surry Central (12-6-0, MW6)
Lake Norman Charter (11-0-0, MW2) vs. West Lincoln (11-2-0, W7)
Jordan-Matthews (15-0-0, MW1) vs. Stuart Cramer (8-3-0, W8)
Ashe County (13-5-0, W4) vs. Wheatmore (13-2-0, MW5)
Central Academy (14-1-0, MW3) vs. East Lincoln (13-2-0, W6)
Hendersonville (11-3-0, W2) vs. Forest Hills (10-2-0, MW7)
?2016 3A FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
Fike (18-1-0, E1) vs. Northwood (9-5-0, ME8)
Terry Sanford (9-2-1, ME4) vs. Eastern Wayne (7-6-0, E5)
Jacksonville (13-2-0, E3) vs. Walter M. Williams (10-2-0, ME6)
Cedar Ridge (17-1-0, ME2) vs. Swansboro (12-4-0, E7)
Ledford (13-0-0, ME1) vs. Triton (11-4-0, E8)
Topsail (10-5-0, E4) vs. Union Pines (17-1-0, ME5)
Northern Guilford (13-3-0, ME3) vs. Rocky Mount (12-2-0, E6)
Cleveland (14-2-0, E2) vs. Western Alamance (7-3-0, ME7)
Kings Mountain (11-1-0, W1) vs. Cuthbertson (7-4-0, MW8)
East Rowan (8-2-0, MW4) vs. Forestview (7-3-0, W5)
Pisgah (14-3-0, W3) vs. West Rowan (10-4-0, MW6)
Concord (12-1-0, MW2) vs. Freedom (7-3-0, W7)
Marvin Ridge (11-0-0, MW1) vs. North Iredell (15-7-0, W8)
South Iredell (12-5-0, W4) vs. Weddington (10-3-0, MW5)
Central Davidson (13-3-0, MW3) vs. Hickory (9-4-0, W6)
Asheville (9-1-0, W2) vs. Jesse Carson (8-4-0, MW7)
?2016 4A FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
Clayton (16-0-0, E1) vs. Apex (12-4-0, ME8)
Pinecrest (15-1-1, ME4) vs. New Bern (14-3-0, E5)
Sanderson (15-1-0, E3) vs. Panther Creek (15-2-0, ME6)
Green Hope (16-1-0, ME2) vs. Rolesville (11-4-0, E7)
Cardinal Gibbons (22-0-0, ME1) vs. New Hanover (11-6-0, E8)
Hoggard (12-4-0, E4) vs. Leesville Road (13-0-0, ME5)
Pine Forest (12-1-0, ME3) vs. West Johnston (14-3-0, E6)
D.H. Conley (12-0-0, E2) vs. East Chapel Hill (12-2-0, ME7)
Myers Park (16-0-0, W1) vs. Page (9-4-0, MW8)
Porter Ridge (15-3-0, MW4) vs. Lake Norman (15-2-0, W5)
T.C. Roberson (14-1-0, W3) vs. Ragsdale (11-4-0, MW6)
Davie County (14-0-0, MW2) vs. Ardrey Kell (12-4-0, W7)
Northwest Guilford (15-0-0, MW1) vs. South Caldwell (9-3-0, W8)
Watauga (11-1-0, W4) vs. R.J. Reynolds (12-3-0, MW5)
Grimsley (8-4-0, MW3) vs. Hough (9-3-0, W6)
Charlotte Catholic (19-0-0, W2) vs. Mooresville (13-5-0, MW7)
26th Annual (2015) Women’s Dual Team Tennis Championships? Recap
4-A CHAMPIONSHIP: PANTHER CREEK 5, MYERS PARK 1
Two of the most successful tennis players in North Carolina High School Athletic Association history finished their high school careers on a high note on Sunday afternoon at the Burlington Tennis Center.
Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland of Cary Panther Creek teamed to win the last four 4-A state doubles championships, only the second time in NCHSAA history that has occurred, and on Sunday they led their team to the NCHSAA 4-A women’s dual team tennis championship as Panther Creek defeated Charlotte Myers Park by a 5-1 count.
Smith, playing at the number one singles, and Strickland, at number two, swept their matches in easy fashion, each dropping only one game in their straight set victories, and Smith was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship. The two did not team to play doubles because Panther Creek wrapped it up during singles play.
Panther Creek was in the finals for the third time and won its third successive dual team title, finishing a perfect 21-0 record. Myers Park lost for the first time after entering the finals with a 16-0 mark. The Mustangs have made the championship match five times in the last eight years and have finished as state runners-up four times since 2009.
Singles: Sammi Smith (PC) def. Maddie Weber 6-0, 6-1; Jordan Strickland (PC) def. Katie Soden 6-1, 6-0; Leah Wallihan (MP) def. Orla Labiche 6-1, 0-6, (10-7); Amanda Cyr (PC) def. Gaby Soden 6-4, 6-2; Aishani Tingare (PC) def. Emily Holderness 6-1, 6-1; Melody Zhang (PC) def. Aubrey Bader 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles not played with outcome decided.
3-A CHAMPIONSHIP: MARVIN RIDGE 5, UNION PINES 2
In the 3-A championship, Waxhaw Marvin Ridge and Cameron Union Pines split the first four singles matches, but Marvin Ridge won at five and six to take a 4-2 lead into doubles play. Then it was the number-three doubles for Marvin Ridge that provided the impetus for the 5-2 victory.
Ainsley Zubrinsky, Marvin Ridge’s number-five singles player who won and then teamed with Nina Vanblarcom for the clinching doubles win, was the championship MVP.
Union Pines was in the finals for the first time since 2006, when it lost in the championship match to Hickory, while Marvin Ridge was in the finals for the first time. Union Pines finished the year 15-2 while Marvin Ridge was 17-3.
Singles: Ella Imhof (MR) def. Mary Beth Jackson 6-4, 6-0; Hailee Haymore (UP) def. Rachel Zubrinsky 6-3, 6-4; Hannah Scott (MR) def. Julianne Hall 2-6, 6-1, (10-8); Megan Smith (UP) def. Ryleigh Burns 6-3, 6-3; Ainsley Zubrinsky (MR) def. Sarah Nicholson 6-4, 6-2; Nina Vanblarcom (MR) def. Megan Pusser 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).
Doubles: Jackson-Haymore (UP) vs. Imhof-R. Zubrinksy (MR) match halted with outcome decided; Hall-Smith (UP) vs. Scott-Burns (MR) match halted with outcome decided: A. Zubrinsky-Vanblarcom (MR) def. Nicholson-Pusser 10-5.
2A CHAMPIONSHIP: LAKE NORMAN CHARTER 5, NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATH 1
Lake Norman Charter, the defending 2-A champion, defeated Salisbury on Tuesday to advance and then wound up winning the state title the following day by a 5-1 count over Durham’s North Carolina School of Science and Math.
Olivia Archer, the number-one singles player for the winners who won her match easily by 6-0, 6-1, was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship. Lake Norman won the five of the six singles matches, with Katherine Li breaking through for NCSSM at number four.
Olivia Archer and her sister Hannah, the number-two singles player for Lake Norman Charter, teamed to win the state 2-A doubles championship in the recent individual tournament.
Singles: Olivia Archer (LNC) def. Sara Yuan 6-1, 6-1; Hannah Archer (LNC) def. Annie Xie 6-0, 6-1; Lauren Bush (LNC) def. Jennifer Zou 6-4, 6-4; Katherine Li (NCSSM) def. Charanya Uppalapati 4-6, 6-4, (11-9); Lauren Loveless (LNC) def. Vinitha Ravindran 7-6 (2), 7-5; Zoe Panizza (LNC) def. Anameeka Singh 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: O.Archer-H.Hannah (LNC) led Yuan-Yin (NCSSM) 7-0 when match halted with outcome decided; other doubles were not played.
1-A CHAMPIONSHIP: BISHOP MCGUINNESS 5, RALEIGH CHARTER 1
The 1-A and 3-A finals were held at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center at Elon University. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness won the first four singles matches in the 1-A championship and went on to a 5-1 victory over Raleigh Charter. It was the second straight state title for the Villains.
Bishop’s Morgan Auger, who won at number-one singles, was named the MVP of the championship as Bishop finished the season 18-3. Raleigh Charter suffered its first dual team loss in 15 matches.
Singles: Morgan Auger (BM) def. Mackenzie DeLoatch 6-4, 6-0; Anna Petrangeli (BM) def. Logan Furr 6-2, 6-3; Becky Auger (BM) def. Camryn McClure 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); Claire Rogers (BM) def. Christina Lee 6-3, 6-2; Blair King (RC) def. Melanie Vynalek 7-5, 6-4; Candyce Sturgeon (BM) def. Gabby Ledford 6-3, 3-6, (10-7).
Doubles not played with outcome decided.