Friday, May 14, 2010

Catholic's Kyle Johnson in 3A tennis semifinals

BURLINGTON— A couple of freshmen and the defending state champion were among those winning two matches on Friday to advance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A tennis tournament championships at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Defending champ Kyle Johnson of Charlotte Catholic swept his matches in straight sets, dropping only three games, and he'll face freshman Chaz Fitzpatrick in one semifinal. Fitzpatrick trailed 3-1 in the third set and had game point against him in the quarterfinals, but rallied dramatically to eliminate Huntley Nero of Lenoir Hibriten 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 as Nero tried to battle through cramps.

Freshman Eric Greene will take on Weddington's Dallas Croom in the other single semifinal. Both of them won their Friday matches in straight sets, with Croom beating regional champ Justin Dixzn of Fred T. Foard 6-3, 6-3.

Three of the four doubles teams advancing to the state semifinals earned regional championships last weekend. The Western Alamance pair of Greg Patterson and Rajiv Dinakaran is the only non-regional champ in the semifinals, and they had to knock off Rocky Mount's Miguel Valdez and Gavin Stone in the quarterfinals to advance.

Play will start at nine o’clock Saturday morning with the championships to follow.



Friday’s Results—Burlington Tennis Center

Singles--First Round

Chaz Fitzpatrick (Eastern Wayne) def. Forrest Cannon (Concord Jay Robinson) 6-2, 6-1; Huntley Nero (Lenoir Hibriten) def. Landon Rogers (Ledford) 6-4, 6-2; Kyle Johnson (Charlotte Catholic) def. Michael Brackett (Northern Nash) 6-1, 6-0; Killian Steer (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Canyon Woodward (Franklin) 6-2, 6-2; Eric Greene (Western Alamance) def. Justin Min (North Buncombe) 6-1, 6-4; Parks Thompson (Statesville) vs. Blake Vail (Pikeville Charles B. Aycock) 6-3, 6-0; Justin Dizon (Newton Fred T. Foard) def. Greg Galush (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) 7-5, 6-4.


Fitzpatrick (Eastern Wayne) def. Nero (Hibriten) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4; Johnson (Charlotte Catholic) def. Steer (Cardinal Gibbons) 6-2, 6-0; Greene (Western Alamance) def. Thompson (Statesville) 7-5, 6-2; Croom (Weddington) def. Dizon (Foard) 6-3, 6-3.

Singles--Semifinals on Saturday

Chaz Fitzpatrick (Eastern Wayne) vs. Kyle Johnson (Charlotte Catholic)

Eric Greene (Western Alamance) vs. Dallas Croom (Weddington)

Doubles--First Round

Miguel Valdez-Gavin Stone (Rocky Mount) def. Brett Ward-Michael Ruocco (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) 7-5, 7-6(4); Greg Patterson-Rajiv Dinakaran (Western Alamance) def. Morris Porter-Tito Poplawski (Asheville) 6-1, 6-4; Andrew Treske-Joey Hatala (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) def. Linwood Hines-Jordan Matthews (Winterville South Central) 6-2, 6-2; Mason Runge-Alex Dyer (Chapel Hill) def. Christian Bridges-Sam Rector (North Buncombe) 6-0, 6-1; Chris Geaslen-Matt Daly (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Rod Arend-Justin Henry (Gastonia Forestview) 6-1, 6-1; Sean Huber-Jordan Klochany (Charlotte Catholic) def. Addison Westbrook-Dylan Quinn (Pikeville Charles B. Aycock) 6-1, 6-2; Seth Edwards-Cory Carter (Morganton Patton) def. Reggie Woltz-Austin Thomas (Chapel Hill) 6-0, 6-3; Matthew Martinez-Zach Sachee (Charlotte Catholic) def. Res Bosshard-Adam Glover (Southern Nash) 6-4, 6-2.


Patterson-Dinakaran (Western Alamance) def. Valdez-Stone (Rocky Mount) 6-2, 6-3; Treske-Hatala (Marvin Ridge) def. Runge-Dyer (Chapel Hill) 6-4, 6-3; Geaslen-Daly (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Huber-Klochany (Charlotte Catholic) 6-1,6-0; Edwards-Carter (Patton) def. Martinez-Sachee (Charlotte Catholic) 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles--Semifinals on Saturday

Greg Patterson-Rajiv Dinakaran (Western Alamance) vs. Andrew Treske-Joey Hatala (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge)

Chris Geaslen-Matt Daly (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. Seth Edwards-Cory Carter (Morganton Patton)