Ben Wayland of Green Hope and Nico Grewe & Blake Carter of Wakefield took home the Singles and Doubles State Championships respectively on Saturday, May 13th.
Ben Wayland entered the singles tournament as one of four #1 seeds and proved his talent throughout the tournament. Wayland won each of his four matches in the tournament in two sets.
In the first round, he defeated Zacharey Kim of Riverside-Durham without allowing Kim a single point; winning both sets 6-0. Fatigue may have played a part in the second round as Fernando Meyers challenged in the first set, but Wayland ended up winning 7-5 and the second set 6-0.
A night of rest saw Wayland continue to steamroll towards the championship, defeating fellow #1 seed Hugh Knapp of Grimsley 6-3 and 6-2. Wayland went into the championship game with one thing on his mind and defeated Banks Evans of Clayton 6-0, and 6-1.
Wayland is the first tennis player to claim a single or doubles title for Green Hope.
Nico Grewe and Blake Carter continued Wakefields run of greatness in the NCHSAA Individual Doubles tournament. After defeating Greensboro Page in three sets they claimed the third doubles title in the last four years for Wakefield, with five different players involved in those championships.
Grewe and Carter entered the tournament as one of four #1 seeds. They took down Zachory Topper and Davis Cromer in two sets in the first round.
They looked hard done after losing their first set in the second round 2-6 but went on a tear, winning the next two sets 6-1 and 6-3 respectively to take down Will Crane and Andres Pazos of Hough.
They came into the semifinals motivated with a conference matchup against Green Hope's Rohit Gohtkar and Andre Staicu. They won both sets 6-1 and 6-3 respectively.
Grewe and Carter faced tough competition in the championship, going against defending champions Hardy Brown and Charlie Snipes of Page. They outlasted the Page duo in three sets to claim the State Championship.