East, other area teams, start play in dual-team tennis playoffs

ewarnock@newsobserver.comOctober 15, 2013 

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East Chapel Hill High School junior Caroline Pope has played at No. 1 singles for the Wildcats most of this season. She and playing partner MacKenzie Bright won the PAC-6 doubles championship and will be playing in both Tuesday’s first round of the state dual-team playoffs as well as the NCHSAA individual touramnt that begins Friday.

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The N.C. High School Athletics Association dual-team tennis tournament gets underway Tuesday with first round matches, which will be played at the home courts of the higher seeded team.

East Chapel Hill (17-5), champions of the 4A PAC-6, starts off in the tournament Tuesday by hosting Lumberton (10-2), the No. 2 seed from the Southeastern Conference. The winner of that match is likely to face North Carolina's No. 1-ranked team on Thursday —Broughton (18-0).

Other 4A first-round tennis matches include: Jordan (9-8), the PAC-6's No. 2 seed, against undefeated Fayetteville Jack Britt (12-0); and PAC-6 No. 3 Person (20-5) in as a wildcard entry against Panther Creek (16-1).

In the 3A, Cedar Ridge (12-3) is in the dual-team tournament as the No., 2 seed from the Big-8 Conference, playing undefeated Fayetteville Terry Sanford (10-0).

In the 2A tournament, undefeated Mid-State Conference champion Carrboro (12-0) hosts Wilson Beddingfield (9-6). The N.C. School of Science and Math (13-0), which is the Northern Carolina Conference champion, hosts Providence Grove (9-5) of the 2A PAC-6, while the NCC No. 2 team, Durham School of the Arts, plays at 2A PAC-6 champion Trinity Wheatmore (16-2-1).

East Chapel Hill enters the NCHSAA tournament after a dominating performance in both the PAC-6 regular season and the conference's tournament last week, which turned into an all-East affair by the semifinals.

Rainie Heck of East won the conference’s singles title by beating East teammate Brooke Pritchard 6-1, 6-0. In doubles, Wildcats Caroline Pope and Mackenzie Bright downed their East teammates Meghana Holegadde and Iskra Joksimovic 8-4 for the PAC-6 title.

All six of the Wildcat semifinalists qualified for the NCHSAA individual Midwest Regionals, which begin Friday afternoon and conclude Saturday at Greensboro Page High School.

The Mideast 3A Regionals, featuring the best players from the Big-8, will be held Friday-Saturday at Burlington Tennis Center. Carrboro's qualifiers will be in the Mideast 2A Regionals, which will be played at Reidsville's Jaycee Park.

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