Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gastonia Highland Tech, Newton-Conover are state tennis champions

BURLINGTON -- Newton-Conover stormed to its second consecutive state championship in convincing fashion on Saturday in the 21st annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state men's dual team tennis championships at the Burlington Tennis Center.

The Red Devils rolled past Durham School of the Arts 6-0 to capture its second straight state 2-A title in its fifth straight appearance in the championship match. Newton-Conover won all six singles matches in straight sets and either won at love or dropped only one game in nine of the 12 sets contested.

Newton-Conover finished the dual team season with a 25-2 mark while DSA ended 16-6.

Kernersville Bishop McGuinness, which defeated Gastonia Highland Tech on Friday in the regionals to advance to the state championship, topped Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math 5-2 in the 1-A final.

Bishop won four of the six singles matches and then clinched the crown when Noveed Foroudi and Lane Kiser teamed to win the second doubles match.

It was the only loss of the season for NCSSM, which finished 18-1, while Bishop McGuinness wound up 17-1 overall.

The 3-A and 4-A championships were being contested Saturday afternoon after the 1-A and 2-A were completed.



Burlington Tennis Center--Saturday's Results

CLASS 1-A: Kernersville Bishop McGuinness 5, Durham North Carolina School of Science and Math 2

Singles: Russell Turner (NCSSM) def. Joseph Riazzi 6-0, 6-1; Kevin Weckworth (BM) def. Kevin Huang 6-4, 6-1; Naveed Foroudi (BM) def. Erick Lee 6-3, 6-4; Justin Harden (NCSSM) def. Lane Kiser 4-6, 7-6 (7), (10-5), Conor Wilson (BM) def. Andrew Wu 6-4, 6-3; Michael Domabyl (BM) def. Brian Iezzi 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: Riazzi-Weckworth (BM) led Turner-Huang 6-4 when match halted with championship decided; Foroudi-Kiser (BM) def. Lee-Wu 10-3; Wilson-John Abram (BM) led Harden-Iezzi when match halted with championship decided.

CLASS 2-A: Newton-Conover 6, Durham School of the Arts 0

Singles: Hang Lak Choi (NC) def. Emerson Ellis 6-3, 6-1; John Reid (NC) def. Drew Guerra 6-3, 6-1; Austin Adams (NC) def. J.P. Gemborys 6-4, 6-0; Ryan Lampe (NC) def. Robbie Tepperberg 6-0, 6-0; John Tate (NC) def. Owen Ryan 6-1, 6-1; Tyler Barrymore (NC) def. Charles Realabit 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles not played with championship decided.