Saturday, May 21, 2011

Newton-Conover wins 2A tennis title; Catholic denied in 3A

Newton-Conover won a N.C. dual-team tennis championships Saturday in Greensboro. Charlotte Catholic did not.

Catholic (11-5) lost 6-0 in the 3A championship to Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, which finished the season 26-2.

But Newton-Conover won its second straight state title, finishing the season at 25-2, with a 6-0 win over Durham School of the Arts.
Durham finished the season 16-6.

The Red Devils made their fifth straight appearance in the state finals and won all six singles matches in straight sets. Newton-Conover players either won at love or dropped only one game in nine of 12 sets overall.

-- In 4A, Winston-Salem Reynolds (21-1) won its second straight title with a 5-0 win over East Chapel Hill, which made its 12th appearance in the dual team finals. East Chapel Hill (19-2) was denied a ninth state title.

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

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.