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Marvin Ridge wins NCHSAA 3A girls tennis final; Myers Park falls in 4A

Marvin Ridge’s tennis team celebrates winning the NCHSAA 3A state title Sunday
Marvin Ridge’s tennis team celebrates winning the NCHSAA 3A state title Sunday

Marvin Ridge won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A girls dual-team tennis championship Sunday. Myers Park’s unbeaten season ended in the 4A finals.

In 3A, Marvin Ridge beat Cameron Union Pines 5-2. In 4A, Myers Park lost to unbeaten Cary Panther Creek 5-1.

In the 3A match, Waxhaw Marvin Ridge and Cameron Union Pines split the first four singles matches, but Marvin Ridge won at five and six to take a 4-2 lead into doubles play. Then it was the number-three doubles for Marvin Ridge that provided the impetus for the 5-2 victory.

Ainsley Zubrinsky, Marvin Ridge’s number-five singles player who won and then teamed with Nina Vanblarcom for the clinching doubles win, was the championship MVP.

Union Pines was in the finals for the first time since 2006, when it lost in the championship match to Hickory, while Marvin Ridge was in the finals for the first time. Union Pines finished the year 15-2 while Marvin Ridge was 17-3.

In 4A, Panther Creek won its third straight dual team title, finishing a 21-0 record. Myers Park lost for the first time after entering the finals with a 16-0 mark. The Mustangs have made the championship match five times in the last eight years and have finished as state runners-up four times since 2009.

▪ Kernersville Bishop McGuinness won the first four singles matches in the 1A championship and went on to a 5-1 victory over Raleigh Charter. It was the second straight state title for the Villains.

▪ Rain has delayed the 2A portion of the tournament so the regionals have yet to be completed in the West. Plans for that championship will be set after the finalists are established. Lake Norman and Salisbury are scheduled to play Monday in the Western regional final.

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

26th Annual Women’s Dual Team Tennis Championships

Sunday’s Results

4A CHAMPIONSHIP: CARY PANTHER CREEK 5, CHARLOTTE MYERS PARK 1

Singles: Sammi Smith (PC) def. Maddie Weber 6-0, 6-1; Jordan Strickland (PC) def. Katie Soden 6-1, 6-0; Leah Wallihan (MP) def. Orla Labiche 6-1, 0-6, (10-7); Amanda Cyr (PC) def. Gaby Soden 6-4, 6-2; Aishani Tingare (PC) def. Emily Holderness 6-1, 6-1; Melody Zhang (PC) def. Aubrey Bader 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles not played with outcome decided.

3A CHAMPIONSHIP: WAXHAW MARVIN RIDGE 5, CAMERON UNION PINES 2

Singles: Ella Imhof (MR) def. Mary Beth Jackson 6-4, 6-0; Hailee Haymore (UP) def. Rachel Zubrinsky 6-3, 6-4; Hannah Scott (MR) def. Julianne Hall 2-6, 6-1, (10-8); Megan Smith (UP) def. Ryleigh Burns 6-3, 6-3; Ainsley Zubrinsky (MR) def. Sarah Nicholson 6-4, 6-2; Nina Vanblarcom (MR) def. Megan Pusser 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).

Doubles: Jackson-Haymore (UP) vs. Imhof-R. Zubrinksy (MR) match halted with outcome decided; Hall-Smith (UP) vs. Scott-Burns (MR) match halted with outcome decided: A. Zubrinsky-Vanblarcom (MR) def. Nicholson-Pusser 10-5.

1A CHAMPIONSHIP: KERNERSVILLE BISHOP MCGUINNESS 5, RALEIGH CHARTER 1

Singles: Morgan Auger (BM) def. Mackenzie DeLoatch 6-4, 6-0; Anna Petrangeli (BM) def. Logan Furr 6-2, 6-3; Becky Auger (BM) def. Camryn McClure 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); Claire Rogers (BM) def. Christina Lee 6-3, 6-2; Blair King (RC) def. Melanie Vynalek 7-5, 6-4; Candyce Sturgeon (BM) def. Gabby Ledford 6-3, 3-6, (10-7).

Doubles not played with outcome decided.

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