NCHSAA 3-A WOMEN'S TENNIS
WANKO OF UNION PINES IS SINGLE CHAMP;
CHAPEL HILL PAIR TAKES 3-A DOUBLES
GREENSBORO -- Neena Wanko of Cameron Union Pines made sure that the third time was the charm for her.
Wanko won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women's tennis singles championship on Saturday at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center in her third trip to the state tournament in her four-year career.
The 2008 3-A singles runner-up, Wanko rolled past Asheville sophomore Mackenzie LaSure in the final by 6-1, 6-0, after battling past Belmont South Point's Taylor Baird in a three-setter in the semifinal earlier in the day.
LaSure had defeated Mary-Katherine Prince of Wilson Fike in the semifinals. Prince was making her fourth straight appearance in the state tournament but had been ousted in the quarterfinals the previous three years.
In doubles action, the Chapel Hill team of Tori Helpingstine and Hannah Kimbrough swept past Rocky Mount's Lindsay Thomas and Kate Gray 6-1, 6-2, to win the state crown.
Friday's action was played at the Burlington Tennis Center but rain Saturday morning forced play to move inside.
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NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2009 STATE 3-A WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center, Greensboro--Saturday's Results
Mackensie LaSure (Asheville) def. Mary-Katherine Prince (Wilson Fike) 6-1, 6-2; Neena Wanko (Cameron Union Pines) def. Taylor Baird (Belmont South
Point) 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.
Wanko (Union Pines) def. LaSure (Asheville) 6-1, 6-0.
Lindsay Thomas-Kate Gray (Rocky Mount) def. Caroline Kernodle-Helen Powell (Burlington Williams) 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2; Tori Helpingstine-Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) def. Alix Thodossiou-Taylor Thodossiou (Asheville) 6-2, 6-0.
Helpingstine-Kimbrough (Chapel Hill) def. Thomas-Gray (Rocky
Mount) 6-1, 6-2.