The Jay M. Robinson boys' tennis continued its domination of the South Piedmont conference, going a perfect 15-0 in the regular season for the second straight year.
The Bulldogs, who are 33-2 in their two seasons as a member of the SPC, won their second consecutive league title in as many years. Robinson also won the 2009 ME-CA 7 title.
The Bulldogs (17-1) also made it to the third round of the 3A playoffs, beating Parkwood and Statesville, before falling to Charlotte Catholic for the second consecutive year.
"I think our older guys do a great job of setting expectations from the beginning of each season," said Jay M. Robinson tennis coach Sarah Dabbs "All of our players want to live up to what we have done in the past."
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While Robinson dominated the SPC again, Concord (13-3), led by No. 1 player, sophomore Casey Aldridge, finished second in league play and has a bright future with most of the team returning.
Third-place Hickory Ridge (10-6) also made the playoffs as a wildcard, while Cox Mill improved in their second year as a program to finish fourth in the SPC.
In the NCISAA, Cannon also had a solid year going 8-9 and advancing to the second round of the 3A playoffs before losing to defending state champion Providence Day.
Cabarrus News Player of the Year: Michael Dalton, Jay M. Robinson
Michael Dalton knew he had to step up if his final year of Robinson tennis was going to go the way he wanted it to.
The Robinson senior did just that, making the transition from the No. 3 player on the team to No. 1 by going undefeated in the regular season before finishing with a 16-2 mark overall this year.
"Michael really set an example for our team that they needed to work hard to improve, to stay on top," said Dabbs.
Dalton went out with a bang, not only winning the SPC doubles title with teammate Andrew Alvarado, but also finished as the runner-up at the 3A Midwest regional match in addition to qualifying for states.
Dalton will attend the University of North Carolina in the fall.
Cabarrus News Coach of the Year: Sarah Dabbs, Jay M. Robinson
Sarah Dabbs has been the head coach of the Jay M. Robinson boys' tennis team for two years now.
In that span, Dabbs and the Bulldogs have been nearly unbeatable, going 33-2 overall, including a perfect 30-0 in regular season play.
Dabbs and Robinson took it a step further this season as they got to the third round of the 3A state dual playoffs.
Like she has done in the past, Dabbs will have to again rebuild the Bulldog team in 2012. That will start with freshmen Kyungmun Baek and Parker Teal, who should battle it out for the No. 1 spot next year.
All-Cabarrus News boys' tennis team
Michael Dalton, Jay M. Robinson: Senior proved to be No. 1 in SPC with 15-0 regular season record.
Andrew Alvarado, Jay M. Robinson: Bulldogs' No. 2 had a good year both as a singles and doubles player.
Kevin Baker, Hickory Ridge: SPC singles champion was Ragin' Bulls top player.
Kyle Kennedy, Northwest Cabarrus: Freshman started year No. 2, then finished No. 1 after his brother, Landon, went down with an injury.
Casey Aldridge, Concord: Spiders' No. 1 just a sophomore and has a bright future.
Clay Perry, Cox Mill: Chargers top player also has the talent to make a jump in the SPC next year.
Kevin Kacer, Cannon: Cougars' ace was an NCISAA 3A all-state selection.
Dalton/Alvarado, Jay M. Robinson: Bulldogs' duo won SPC title and finished as 3A Midwest Regional runner-ups.
B.J. Beecher/Mason Croley, Concord: Spider duo finished fourth at regionals and qualified for states.
Perry/Sam Xin, Cox Mill: SPC runner-ups gave Dalton/Alvarado a tough match in the final, becoming first regional qualifiers in school history.