Myers Park’s tennis team reached the N.C. 4A girls dual team championship game without a loss this season, a run that included an N.C. 4A Western Regional championship win over state power Charlotte Catholic.
But the Mustangs ran into a powerhouse team from Cary Saturday in the finals, falling 5-0 to Panther Creek at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center in Greensboro.
Panther Creek finished its season 21-0. Myers Park finished 16-1. Myers Park won the championship in 2008 and lost in 2009 and 2010. Ardrey Kell lost to Panther Creek in the 2013 state finals. Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland won their singles matches, then teamed up to win one doubles match and the championship-clinching point.
Smith was named the championships’ most valuable player.
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• In 3A, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons rolled past Asheville 5-1. Asheville’s Adrienne Haynes, the state individual singles champ, won at No. 1, but the Crusaders swept the rest of the singles events. Lizzie Galush of Gibbons, the No. 2 singles winner, was the match MVP. The Crusaders ended with a 28-0 record and won the state championship for the third time in four years. Asheville wound up 17-2.
• In 1A, Bishop McGuinness beat Durham Voyager Academy 5-0. Bishop McGuinness lost only six games in five singles matches and finished 14-1. Voyager finished at 10-7.
In the 1A final, Bishop McGuinness rolled to an easy triumph over Durham Voyager Academy 5-0, losing only six games in the five singles matches that were completed.
Community School of Davidson 4, Queens Grant 1: Four different players scored for Community School: Jason Coggins, Adam Cosgrove, Brady Koch and Kevin Yascur. Bishop Windley had three saves and earned the shutout for Community School, which will host Avery in the third round Wednesday at Bailey Road Park.
Hough 3, Southwest Guilford 1 OT: Hough rallied to force overtime and advanced to the third round of the playoffs Saturday. CJ Bradley had two goals and AJ Whisenant had the third for Hough (20-3-1). Southwest Guilford finished at 18-4-3.
Hough will play Lake Norman or Porter Ridge at home Wednesday in the third round.