Local tennis players set to compete for state championships

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Championships in singles and doubles in four different classifications are up for grabs this weekend as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) holds its annual women’s tennis tournament championships at three different sites.

Semifinalists in both singles and doubles at the regional level qualified for the event as the Wilmington area will have representatives from Laney, Hoggard and Topsail competing.

Erin Nesselroade. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Erin Nesselroade. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

The 4A championships are scheduled for the Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh, while the 3A event will be held at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center.

Action will get underway on Friday morning with the opening round of play at 9 a.m. Two rounds will be played on Friday, with the semifinals Saturday morning and the championship matches on Saturday afternoon.

Two-time defending 4A singles champion Suzanne Boyden of Wakefield is back to seek her third straight crown, while the team of Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland of Cary-Panther Creek goes after their fourth consecutive doubles championship.

Kara Ferner (Hoggard) was the lone regional qualifier from Wilmington in singles play and faces Savannah Bright (East Chapel Hill).

Laney has two tandems in the doubles tournament as Erin Nesselroade/Anna Porcelli take on Jasmine Fuchs-Haley Wofford (Charlotte Myers Park). Suzie Schoolfield-Kendall Hanks drew Caroline Igo-Summer Jacobs (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) in the round of 16.

In 3A action, Sarah Jiang of Concord Cox Mill, the singles runner-up for the past two years, is back in the championship draw for the fourth straight year. She was the runner-up in both 2012 and 2013. Adrienne Haynes of Asheville is back to defend her singles crown.

Carmen Jordan and Caroline Harris were among the 16 individuals to earn a spot in the singles draw. Jordan placed first at the 3A East Regional and opens play against Rachel Zubrinsky (Waxhaw-Marvin Ridge). Caroline Harris took third in regions and faces Payton Holt (West Rowan) in the first round.

Click here for complete brackets for this weekend’s NCHSAA tennis championships.