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Mr. Perfect: Marvin Ridge’s George Lovitt is 2016 Observer boys tennis player of the year

Marvin Ridge boys tennis player George Lovitt
Marvin Ridge boys tennis player George Lovitt

George Lovitt had great expectations coming into his senior season at Marvin Ridge. He may have exceeded them.

Lovitt finished 33-0 in his senior season, finishing with a N.C. 3A singles title. The 2016 Charlotte Observer boys tennis player of the year didn’t lose a set all season. In fact, he lost an average of two games per set for the season..

Lovitt, signed to the University of Minnesota, was also Southern Carolinas conference singles champ and he was the N.C. 3A Midwest regional championship.

▪  Marvin Ridge coach Julie van Olden is the Charlotte Observer boys’ tennis coach of the year, after lead the Mavericks’ team to their second straight 3A state championship. The Marvin Ridge boys’ tennis team has also been dominant over the past two years, going 40-1 in that span.

Statesville Christian (NCISAA 1A) and Carmel Christian (NCISAA 2A) also won their respective state titles.

All Charlotte Observer Boys’ Tennis First Team


George Lovitt, Marvin Ridge, Sr.: University of Minnesota signee was unbeaten (33-0) on way to 3A state singles’ championship.

Ryan Jurist, Lake Norman, So.: 4A West Regional singles champion, North Piedmont conference player of the year was 4A state semifinalist.

Grant Stuckey, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: 4A West Regional runner-up, SoMeck8 conference player of the year advanced to the 4A state semifinals; was 35-5 (singles/doubles) this season.

Max Vicario, Pine Lake Prep, So: 2015 1A state singles’ champion was the 1A state runner-up this year, after winning 1A West Regional and Southern Piedmont 1A conference titles; led his team to 1A state runner-up finish.

Andrew Redding, Cannon School, Jr.: All-state performer was CISAA conference player of the year.

Charlie Schuls, Forestview, So.: 3A state semifinalist was unbeaten until his final loss (singles), winning the 3A West Regional and 2A/3A Big South conference crown in the process.

Allan Lock, Covenant Day, Sr.: Sonoma State (CA) signee had all-state season while helping Lions’ team to NCISAA 3A state runner-up finish.

Dillon Gooch, Carmel Christian, So.: All-state performer led Cougars’ team to an NCISAA 2A state championship.


John Hatala/Advanish Madhavaram, Marvin Ridge: Mavericks’ duo was unbeaten (26-0) on way to 3A state doubles’ championship; also won SCC and 3A Midwest Regional doubles’ titles.

William Hatt/Nicholas Ulehla, Weddington: Warriors’ duo finished as 3A state doubles’ runner-up; was third at 3A Midwest Regional.

Joel Dunlap/Will Barker, Statesville Christian: All-state duo lost only one match in leading their Lions’ team to a second straight NCISAA 1A state championship.

Flynn Stover/Chris Williams, Myers Park: Mustangs teamed up for Southwestern 4A conference doubles’ title, were 4A West Regional runners-up; reached N.C. 4A state quarterfinals.

Will Crane/Sean Wydra, Hough: MECKA 4A conference and 4A West Regional doubles’ champions went 17-3 this season, lost in first round at 4A state tournament.



Sean Nestor, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.; Austin Schepel, Cuthbertson, Jr.; Will Ockerman, Covenant Day, Jr.; Nolan Martino, Jay M. Robinson, So.; Fernando Martinez, Hopewell, Jr.; Luke McClelland, Charlotte Country Day, So.; Jack Deering, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.; Jacob Wenzel, Community School of Davidson, Jr.; Nicholas Bolger, Charlotte Latin, Sr.


Brian Forte/Alex Wrench, Pine Lake Prep.; Patrick Meehan/Ethan Scheper, Providence.; Graham Basquin/Bobby Shore, Ardrey Kell.; Mark Dillon/Sam Dean, Myers Park; Liam Florian/Chris Graveline, Marvin Ridge.