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Green Hope, Clayton, Clinton, Research Triangle win team tennis titles

May 18, 2019

Three teams from the Triangle and one from the Sandhills won team championships in boys tennis on Saturday afternoon in Burlington.

The Burlington Tennis Center played host to the N.C. High School Athletic Association dual team boys tennis state championships. Green Hope won the 4A title, Clayton repeated as the 3A champion, Clinton took the 2A championship, and Research Triangle was crowned 1A champ.

Green Hope, led by most valuable player Waleed Qadir, won the 4A title in a 5-0 sweep of Myers Park. The Falcons’ No. 1 Will Mayew defeated Mark Dillon 4-6, 6-0, 10-4, while Qadir, the No. 2 for the Falcons, defeated Sam Dea 4-6, 6-0, 10-3.

The Falcons’ No. 3, Vivek Rames, beat Charlie Reiney 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 Ryan Xiao defeated Adam Solis 6-1, 6-2; and No. 6 Amit Garine defeated Ben Richards 6-4, 6-2.

The No. 5 for Green Hope, Veneet Ramesh, led Justin Williams 6-3, 6-6 (1-0), but did not finish.

Myers Park’s Jake Wallihan and Green Hope’s Xiao won sportsmanship awards.

Singles Pairings

#1 – Will Mayew (Green Hope) def. Mark Dillon (Myers Park) 4-6, 6-0, 10-4

#2 – Waleed Qadir (Green Hope) def. Sam Dean (Myers Park) 4-6, 6-0, 10-3

#3 – Vivek Ramesh (Green Hope) def. Charlie Reiney (Myers Park) 6-2, 6-1

#4 – Ryan Xiao (Green Hope) def. Adam Solis (Myers Park) 6-1, 6-2

#5 – Veneet Ramesh (Green Hope) led Justin Williams (Myers Park) 6-3, 6-6 (1-0) dnf

#6 – Amit Garine (Green Hope) def. Ben Richards (Myers Park) 6-4, 6-2

Clayton’s boys tennis team repeated as team champions this year after sweeping the singles and doubles championships last weekend. The Comets defeated Marvin Ridge 5-2 in the championship match.

Banks Evans, who won the singles championship last weekend and plays as the Comets’ No. 1, defeated Rish Reddy 6-1, 6-0. Sam Jones & Foster Evans teamed up to win the doubles title last week, this week Jones defeated Ethan Traub 6-4, 6-4, and Foster Evans defeated Jason Traub 6-1, 6-0.

Clayton also won at the No. 4 spot as Ben Jones defeated James Issa 6-2, 0-6, 10-4.

Marvin Ridge won at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots. Drew Metz beat Jacob Granger 6-4, 6-2, and Hari Vijay beat Tye Sasser 6-1, 6-0.

Clayton secured the championship in the first doubles match. Sam Jones & Foster Evans defeated Reddy & Jason Traub 10-2.

Banks Evans, the MVP of the match, and Granger led Ethan Traub & Issa 9-3 when the Comets secured the win. Mason Burns & Vijay led Ben Jones & Sasser 8-2.

Sam Jones and Burns were named sportsmanship award winners at the match.

Singles Pairings

#1 – Banks Evans (Clayton) def. Rish Reddy (Marvin Ridge) 6-1, 6-0

#2 – Sam Jones (Clayton) def. Ethan Traub (Marvin Ridge) 6-4, 6-4

#3 – Foster Evans (Clayton) def. Jason Traub (Marvin Ridge) 6-1, 6-0

#4 – Ben Jones (Clayton) def. James Issa (Marvin Ridge) 6-2, 0-6, 10-4

#5 – Drew Metz (Marvin Ridge) def. Jacob Granger (Clayton) 6-4, 6-2

#6 – Hari Vijay (Marvin Ridge) def. Tye Sasser (Clayton) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles Pairings

#1 – Sam Jones & Foster Evans (Clayton) def. Rish Reddy & Jason Traub (Marvin Ridge) 10-2

#2 – Banks Evans & Jacob Granger (Clayton) led Ethan Traub & James Issa (Marvin Ridge) 9-3, dnf

#3 – Mason Burns & Hari Vijay (Marvin Ridge) led Ben Jones & Tye Sasser (Clayton) 8-2, dnf

Clinton and Salisbury went down to the last doubles match to determine the winner of the 2A state championship on Saturday afternoon. In the end, Clinton won two doubles matches to secure the 5-4 win.

Salisbury’s Roarke Burton won the No. 1 singles match over Lukas Jerez 6-0, 6-1.

But Clinton won No. 2, No. 3 & No. 4. Alexandre Haran defeated Ethan McGee 6-1, 6-1, Cooper Brewen – the match MVP – beat Sean Archer 6-2, 6-0, and Camden Thompson took down Leo Schiavinato 2-6, 6-3, 10-5.

Salisbury won at No. 5 & No. 6 as Jander Rodas beat Peter Darden 6-1, 6-2, and Juan Salazar defeated Ty Randleman 6-3, 6-0.

The Dark Horses claimed the championship behind a 10-2 doubles victory by Haran & Brewen over Burton & Salazar, and a 10-5 win by Thompson & Darden over Rodas & McGee.

Salisbury won one of the doubles pairings. Archer & Schiavinato beat Jerez & Randleman 10-2.

McGee was named the sportsmanship award winner for Salisbury, while Jerez won the award for Clinton.

Singles Pairings

#1 – Roarke Burton (Salisbury) def. Lukas Jerez (Clinton) 6-0, 6-1

#2 – Alexandre Haran (Clinton) def. Ethan McGee (Salisbury) 6-1, 6-1

#3 – Cooper Brewen (Clinton) def. Sean Archer (Salisbury) 6-2, 6-0

#4 – Camden Thompson (Clinton) def. Leo Schiavinato (Salisbury) 2-6, 6-3, 10-5

#5 – Jander Rodas (Salisbury) def. Peter Darden (Clinton) 6-1, 6-2

#6 – Juan Salazar (Salisbury) def. Ty Randleman (Clinton) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles Pairings

#1 – Alexandre Haran & Cooper Brewen (Clinton) def. Roarke Burton & Juan Salazar (Salisbury) 10-2

#2 – Sean Archer & Leo Schiavinato (Salisbury) def. Lukas Jerez & Ty Randleman (Clinton) 10-2

#3 – Camden Thompson & Peter Darden (Clinton) def. Jander Rodas & Ethan McGee (Salisbury) 10-5

Research Triangle needed one win in doubles to claim the 1A tennis state championship over Bishop McGuinness by a 5-2 score.

The Raptors won the first four singles contests. No. 1 John Hankinson defeated Henry Kirby 6-3, 6-2, then Sebastian Rodriguez took down Sam McDonald 6-0, 6-1. The next two pairings were won by Research Triangle’s Ronik Grewal over Alex Chinnasami 6-3, 6-2, and by Lucas Trepanier over Jimmy Dasher 6-1, 6-4.

Bishop McGuinness picked up wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots. Bobby Peters beat Namh Lahade 4-6, 6-4, 10-4, then Ivo Pestana defeated Ahaan Patkar 6-1, 6-1.

Rodriguez & Grewal delivered the championship for Research Triangle in No. 1 doubles. The Raptors’ duo defeated Kirby & Chinnasami 10-3 to secure the win.

At the time Research Triangle secured the championship, Hankinson & Trepanier led Sam McDonald & Dasher 9-2; while Lahade & Patkar were locked in an 8-8 tie with Peters & Pestana.

Grewal was named the MVP of the 1A championship. Hankinson won the sportsmanship award for Research Triangle, while Chinnasami won the award for Bishop McGuinness.

Singles Pairings

#1 – John Hankinson (Research Triangle) def. Henry Kirby (Bishop McGuinness) 6-3, 6-2

#2 – Sebastian Rodriguez (Research Triangle) def. Sam McDonald (Bishop McGuinness) 6-0, 6-1

#3 – Ronik Grewal (Research Triangle) def. Alex Chinnasami (Bishop McGuinness) 6-3, 6-2

#4 – Lucas Trepanier (Research Triangle) def. Jimmy Dasher (Bishop McGuinness) 6-1, 6-4

#5 – Bobby Peters (Bishop McGuinness) def. Namh Lahade (Research Triangle) 4-6, 6-4, 10-4

#6 – Ivo Pestana (Bishop McGuinness) def. Ahaan Patkar (Research Triangle) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles Pairings

#1 – Sebastian Rodriguez & Ronik Grewal (Research Triangle) def. Henry Kirby & Alex Chinnasami (Bishop McGuinness) 10-3

#2 – John Hankinson & Lucas Trepanier (Research Triangle) led Sam McDonald & Jimmy Dasher (Bishop McGuinness) 9-2, dnf

#3 – Namh Lahade & Ahaan Patkar (Research Triangle) vs. Bobby Peters & Ivo Pestana (Bishop McGuinness) tied 8-8, dnf

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