Friday, October 30, 2009

N.C. 3A girls' tennis tournament results


BURLINGTON-- Mary-Katherine Prince of Wilson Fike hopes the fourth time is the charm.
Prince is making her fourth trip to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women's tennis tournament championship and advanced to the semifinals with a pair of straight set victories on Friday at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Prince has lost in the quarterfinals of the state tournament in each of the last three years but this time will play in a Saturday semifinal against Asheville's Mackenzie LaSure. LaSure dropped her first set in the quarterfinals to Ashley Verhein of Charlotte Catholic and was tied at 2-2 in the second when Verhein had to retire, moving LaSure into the semifinals.

Neena Wanko of Cameron Union Pines is in the other semifinal against Belmont South Point's Taylor Baird. Wanko, last year's 3-A singles runner-up, won her first match and then advanced by default over Weddington's Meredith Branham.

Baird defeated Lauren Brooker of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in the opening round. Brooker had won the state 2-A singles crown a year ago before her school moved up a classification in the new realignment.

In doubles, Caroline Kernodle and Helen Powell of Burlington Williams captured three of their four sets on Friday at love. The Williams team will face Lindsay Thomas and Kate Gray of Rocky Mount in one semifinal, with the other pitting Tori Helpingstine and Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) against Alix and Taylor Thodossiou (Asheville).

Singles--First Round
Mary-Katherine Prince (Wilson Fike) def. Allison Bogs (Statesville) 6-1, 6-1; Tiffany Vanhpraseuth (Ledford) def. Amie Cloer (West Henderson) 6-3, 6-1; Ashley Verhein (Charlotte Catholic) def. Summer Phillips (South Brunswick) 6-0, 6-2; Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville) def. Massey DeMoss (Mayodan McMichael) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Neena Wanko (Cameron Union Pines) def.
Taylor Haynes (Asheville) 6-0, 6-1; Meredith Branham (Weddington) def. Beth Batchelor (Washington) 7-5, 6-4; Taylor Baird (Belmont South Point) def. Lauren Brooker (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) 6-2, 6-2; Dominique Lindsay (Charlotte Harding) def. Randi Price (Northern Nash) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Prince (Fike) def. Vanhpraseuth (Ledford), 6-1, 6-2; LaSure
(Asheville) def. Verhein (Charlotte Catholic) 4-6, 2-2, retired ; Wanko (Union Pines) won by default over Branham (Wedddington); Baird (South Point) def. Lindsay (Harding) 6-0, 6-0.
Singles--Semifinals, Saturday at 9 am
Mary-Katherine Prince (Wilson Fike) vs. Mackensie LaSure (Asheville)
Neena Wanko (Cameron Union Pines) vs. Taylor Baird (Belmont South Point)
Doubles--First Round
Lindsay Thomas-Kate Gray (Rocky Mount) def. Kindell Schmitt-Casey Rowe (Weddington) 7-6(7), 6-1; Caroline Smith-Cori Krause (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Andrea Bell-Savannah Herman (Franklin) 6-3, 6-4; Lucia Leahy-Megan Laframboise (Charlotte Catholic) def. Danielle Daniel-Warner Underwood (Eastern Wayne) 6-1, 6-0; Caroline Kernodle-Helen Powell (Burlington Williams) def. Megan Cox-Emily Litton (North Buncombe) 6-0, 6-0; Tori Helpingstine-Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) def. Chelsea Martin-Kelli Straka (Hickory St. Stephens) 6-0, 6-1; Mary Kathryn Ferebee-Kelly Tomlin (Charlotte Catholic) def. Addie Keeter-Caroline Nelson (Rocky Mount) 6-2, 7-5; Alix Thodossiou-Taylor Thodossiou (Asheville) def. Melissa Tally-Madison Kramer (Cameron Union Pines) 6-4, 6-2; Mallory Short-Meredith Pruden (Wilson Fike) def. Jasmine Carrothers-JaNey Carrothers (Charlotte
Harding) 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2.
Thomas-Gray (Rocky Mount) def. Smith-Krause (Cardinal Gibbons) 6-0, 2-6, 6-0; Kernodle-Powell (Burlington Williams) def. Leahy-Laframboise (Charlotte Catholic) 7-5, 6-0; Helpingstine-Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) def.
Ferebee-Tomlin (Charlotte Catholic) 6-1, 6-1; A. Thodossiou-T. Thodossiou
(Asheville) def. Short-Pruden (Wilson Fike) 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles--Semifinals, Saturday at 9 am
Lindsay Thomas-Kate Gray (Rocky Mount) vs. Caroline Kernodle-Helen Powell (Burlington Williams); Tori Helpingstine-Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) vs. Alix Thodossiou-Taylor Thodossiou (Asheville).


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