CHARLOTTE – Just like last season, Charlotte Catholic’s Rose Kenny and South Meck’s Jenny Thompson are champions of their respective classification at the NCHSAA tennis championships, which concluded Oct. 27 in Cary.
Unbeaten Charlotte Catholic was well-represented at the 3A singles finals, where Kenny met teammate Maggie Gehrig. Meanwhile in the 3A doubles bracket, Logan Stuckey and Kaitlyn Tozzi would play well to represent the Cougars.
Kenny got her tournament going with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Clayton’s Crystal Anderson in the first round. In the second round, Kenny got past Chapel Hill’s Carolina Coch 6-2, 6-1 to close out the opening day of the tournament.
Gehrig, meanwhile, had a 6-1, 6-0 win over Topsail’s Kylee Edwards in the first round and had beaten East Chapel Hill’s Savannah Bright, 6-4, 6-1.
In the Oct. 27 semifinals, Kenny opened with a 6-1, 6-1 win over New Hanover’s Mary Davis Thompson, while Gehrig defeated Cox Mill’s Hannah Jiang, 6-1, 6-2 to send both players to the finals.
In the championship. Kenny beat Gehrig to claim her second consecutive 3A title.
In the 4A bracket, Thompson opened her tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Green Hope’s Alka Tomar. In the second round, she knocked off Northwest Guilford’s Elizabeth Weidl 6-3, 6-1.
Thompson cruised past Panther Creek’s Bella Steffen 6-1, 6-1 to reach her third straight championship.
Thompson got down a set, but in the end earned a hard-fought 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Sanderson’s Sibel Tanik for her third straight 4A title.
Independence’s Madeline Fowler, Myers Park’s Elyse Dudley and Providence’s Sylvia Mihailescu also made the tournament. Fowler and Dudley advanced the second round before falling, while Mihailescu was ousted in the opening round.
In 4A doubles play, Myers Park’s Cate Davis and Hayden Plyler and Halle Futch and Emily Holderness joined Ardrey Kell’s Alba Eceiza and Camden Wallace
Eceiza and Wallace and Davis and Plyler were eliminated in the first round, but Holderness and Futch defeated Pinecrest’s Isabella King and Anna Grace Black by default.
In the second round, the Mustang pair turned back Leesville Road’s Helen Alvis and Camden Clark, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Holderness and Futch got to play on the final day, but fell 6-2, 6-3 in the championship to Green Hope’s Sophia Gray and Anna Rico, who would go on to win the doubles title.
Hawks fall in NCISAA tennis final
The Charlotte Latin girls tennis team got all of the way to the championship match before falling to powerhouse Durham Academy, 5-2.
The Hawks (14-5) began the tournament as the No. 2 seed and with a first-round bye. In the quarterfinals, Latin beat Covenant Day 5-1 before knocking off No. 3 seed Ravenscroft in the semifinals.
Durham Academy closed its season 19-1.
Charlotte Latin’s Nina Lavelle and Kate Coppage were named to the all-state team joining Covenant Day’s Anna Daniels and Charlotte Christian’s Margaret Carlton.