Saturday, May 21, 2011

Country Day stops Providence Day to win NCISAA tennis crown

Charlotte Country Day won its 16th N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association tennis state championship Saturday with a 6-3 win over rival Providence Day.

The Bucs won their first title in 1987; their last in 2007, when they beat Durham Academy. The NCISAA has only had a dual-team format since 2006.

Country Day had a dominant run to the championship, beating Ardren Christ School 9-0 in its first match and Raleigh Ravenscroft 6-3 in the semifinals Friday.

The Bucs finished the season 15-1.

Saturday, Country Day's No. 1 player, Andrew Gores, beat Mac Lothrop 6-0, 6-0 and Bucs No. 2 Allen Jackson beat John Cambern 6-1, 6-1.

Providence Day got wins from Scott Buie (over William Moore, 6-4, 6-1) and Henry Wilson (over Jacob Bobrow 0-6, 4-4, retired). But Country Day won at No. 5 and No. 6.

At No. 5, Will Turner beat Chris Nash 6-0, 6-2 and No. 6 Taylor Rule beat Mitch Brown 7-6 (9), 1-3, retired with injury.

In doubles Gore and Jackson and Turner and Rule won matches to seal the win.