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N.C. 4A West Regionals

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Ardrey Kell’s Josh DuToit wins N.C. West Boys’ Tennis Regional singles title in thriller

By Tim Donelli
Correspondent

A thrilling three-set final highlighted the N.C. 4A West Regional Championships Saturday on a chilly and windy morning at Ardrey Kell High School.

No. 1 seed Josh DuToit of Ardrey Kell outlasted No. 2 seed Ryan Wydra of Hough 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to win the singles title.

After a relatively easy first set, DuToit saw Wydra come back in the same fashion in the second set, sending the match to a decisive third set.

With the third set at 4-3 and Wydra serving, DuToit got the crucial break he needed to go up 5-3. The Ardrey Kell junior then served out the set to claim the singles championship.

Wydra talked about what went wrong in losing the eighth game of the final set and allowing DuToit to get the break. “He returned really well and I think I went a little bit too much for my serves.” said Wydra. “I tried to hit my serve harder than I probably should have. It caused me to hit a couple second serves and I hit a double-fault in that game.”

Winning the singles title earned DuToit the N.C. 4A West Region No. 1 seed as he heads to the State Finals at the Millbrook Tennis Center in Raleigh this Friday and Saturday. The top four seeds in singles and doubles from the West Region all advance to the State Finals.

“It will be tough,” said DuToit. “This one was tough enough and now I have to go to an even bigger tournament.”

Wydra gets the N.C. West Region No. 2 seed.

Lake Norman’s Greg Dow defeated Ardrey Kell’s Karthik Arunkumar 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to snag the No. 3 seed. Arunkumar finished as the No. 4 seed.

In the doubles final, Duy Huynh and Michael McGowan of Providence High School needed three sets to dispatch brothers Blake and Tyler Givens of Butler 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to win the regions doubles title and No. 1 seed.

“Going into the third set we kind of got our heads together and got after it,” said Huynh, describing what was the difference in allowing his team to capture the deciding third set.

The Givens brothers earned the regions No. 2 doubles seed, while the No. 3 seed went to the Lake Norman duo of Sean Gallagher and Ryan Farley who won in straight sets over Myers Park’s Brian Perez and Christopher Dillon 6-3, 6-3.

Perez and Dillon settled for the No. 4 seed.

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