Providence High player led the way
Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011

Providence High player led the way

All-South Charlotte News girls' tennis

  • Singles

    Katie Porter, Providence: Senior won SW4A and 4A West Regional singles' titles.

    Grace Deering, Charlotte Catholic: Sophomore already among best in states as 3A state singles semifinalist.

    Rachel Tomchin, Charlotte Catholic: Cougars' No. 2 also just a sophomore with a bright future.

    Samantha Light, Providence Day: Chargers' No. 1 named all-state and led her team to state title.

    Emily Carpenter, Myers Park: Mustangs' No. 1 stepped up and helped led team to state semifinals.

    Jessica Perez, Myers Park: Senior was 4A West Regional singles' runner-up.


    Carpenter/Olivia Turnbull, Myers Park: SW4A and 4A West Regional champions.

    S. Light/Linley Busby, Providence Day: No. 1 doubles duo was dominant all season.

The Providence Day girls' tennis team won their fifth NCISAA 3A title in the last six years, rolling past Cary Christian 7-2 in the state finals.

Meanwhile, Providence (12-3) also had a historic season, beating out Myers Park to win the Southwestern 4A title for the first time in six years while also advancing to the 4A state dual quarterfinals in team play.

Myers Park (14-4) still made it to the 4A dual-team state semifinals before falling to Greensboro Grimsley.

Two-time defending state champion Charlotte Catholic also was near the top of the state rankings all year in class 3A. The Cougars got to the 3A state title match again, but this time came up just short, losing to Cardinal Gibbons in the final.

Player of the Year: Katie Porter, Providence - Porter loves to play tennis. The Providence senior has proved herself on the USTA junior circuit and is ranked No. 4 in the state, No. 35 in the southeast and No. 154 in the country, according to

This year, Porter led Providence to its first SW4A conference title in six seasons. Porter won the SW4A singles' title and also took the 4A West Regional singles' championship. The only thing that could stop her at states was herself, as she came down with a 103-degree temperature that weekend and was forced to pull out of the state singles' event.

Coach of the Year: Ryan Harper, Providence Day - Harper added another state title to his resume as Providence Day won its third straight NCISAA state title and fifth in the last six seasons.

The Chargers (20-2), whose only two losses came in a prestigious tournament in California, have gone 65-4 in the last three seasons after going 21-0 last year.

Harper did it all without one of the top players in the state in senior Umarah Mughnee, who missed the year with an injury.

Harper and the Chargers should be the favorite again next year with only one senior, Allyson Hoppe, in the top six this year.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at

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