Football Friday

Women's tennis players earn championships

Posted October 30, 2010

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association held its tennis championships Saturday, awarding crowns at the 4-A, 1-A and 2-A levels.

Melissa Kandinata of Cary Green Hope took the 4-A state singles title in a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Lauren Frazier of Greenville Rose at the Millbrook Exchange Park. In the semi-final round, Kandinata downed three-time state finalist Grace Baker of Charlotte Myers Park.

In 4-A doubles, the sister duo of Katie and Maggie Kane of Raleigh Broughton battled through a tough three-set match to take the title over South Mecklenburg's Abby Segodnia and Samantha Forlenza by scores of 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Long, three-set matches and tiebreakers were the order of the day in the 3-A women's tennis tournament championships at the Burlington Tennis Center.

MacKenzie LaSure of Asheville, last year's singles runner-up, earned the title this time with a grueling three-set victory over Masey DeMoss of Mayodan McMichael, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1.

All of the Saturday double matches went three sets, with the Weddington team of Sarah Carroll and Kindell Schmitt outlasting Lauren Brooker and Caroline Smith of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, for the state championship.

A sister act also captured the 2-A double crown. McKenna and Kalli Karas of Waxhaw Cuthbertson rallied from a set down to win their second consecutive title over Salisbury's Joy Loeblein and Erika Nelson, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Hillary Lutz of Shelby captured the 2-A singles championship with a 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Katelyn Storey of Salisbury.

Lori Wang of Raleigh Charter kept her perfect singles record intact and captured the 1-A state title. Wang, last year's runner-up, beat Jordan Jackson of Mount Airy in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the final. Wang is now 21-0 on the season in singles play.

Nelessa Lewis and Janice Wong of Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math earned the 1-A doubles championship with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over East Montgomery's Delana Hinson and Samantha Kellis.


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