9 county tennis players earn region berths
Three singles and six doubles players from county teams are guaranteed a spot at Regionals after Monday’s opening round of the CVAC tournament.
Among the county teams to have players advancing to Regionals were Maiden and Newton-Conover.
The Red Devils, who are beginning their quest for a second straight state championship in 2A, had John Reid qualify individually for the second year in a row.
Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe, as well as Austin Adams and John Tate, qualified for regions in doubles.
The Blue Devils had Landon Cansler and Zack Huffman qualify individually. The doubles team of Jarrod Mitchell and Zach Koch also qualified.
Huffman and Reid will face off in a rematch of last year’s third-place match Tuesday.
Reid says he is prepared for the contest.
“Before I played Zack last year, I played Landon (Cansler) in a long match,” Reid said. “I feel like this year I am more experienced and ready to play Tuesday. I just want to play well. I want to focus on the match I’m playing and not look ahead to future matches.”
Huffman, who won last year’s match-up, says he will enter Tuesday’s match knowing he can win.
“I’m going into the match with confident,” Huffman said. “I’m going to use all the training and matches I’ve had so far. Hopefully, I can end up winning.”
The second of two semifinal matches will pit Cansler against South Iredell’s Patrick Hensley.
“It should be a good match,” Cansler said. “We split against one another in the regular season. He beat me the first time we played at South Iredell. I beat him here at Maiden. I’m just going to go in with a positive attitude and hope for the best.”
Lampe and Choi, who are the top-seeded doubles team in the tournament, won 6-0, 6-0 in the only match they played Tuesday.
The duo is preparing themselves for all comers, including their Red Devil teammates.
“We played pretty good on Monday,” Lampe said. “We are trying to get into form for Tuesday. We might have to play our teammates, John (Tate) and Austin (Adams). We have to be ready. There is more tension playing them because you want to see where they are compared to you.”
Patrick Hensley (SI) advances on a bye; Tyler Barrymore (N-C) def. Chris Cannon (D) 6-2, 6-0; Ryan Vang (BH) def. Andrew Beard (B) 6-0, 6-0; Landon Cansler (M) def. Danny Tarr (WC) 6-0, 6-0;
John Reid (N-C) def. Neil Eckard (EB) 6-0, 6-0; Kevin Her (BH) def. Dustin Barker (SI) 6-0, 6-0; Ryan Eades (B) def. Daniel Chapman (D) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1; Zack Huffman (M) def. George Levitt (WC) 6-0, 6-1.
Hensley def. Barrymore 6-2, 6-1; Cansler def. Vang 7-5, 6-1; Reid def. Her 6-0, 6-2; Huffman def. Eades 6-0, 6-0.
Cannon and Vang advance on bye; Beard def. Tarr 8-5; Barrymore advances on bye; Eckard def. Barker 8-0; Eades advances on bye; Chapman def. Levitt 8-1; Her (BH) advances on bye.
Vang def. Cannon 8-3; Barrymore def. Beard 8-0; Eckard def. Eades 8-1; Her def. Chapman 8-0.
Choi/Lampe (N-C) advance on bye; Patel/Lawrence (SI) def. Pinnix/Yang (D) 6-4, 6-3; Davis/Reid (WC) def. Yang/Chang (BH) 6-1, 6-3; Lichtenwalner/Key (M) def. Pope/Christopher (B) 6-0, 6-0;
Helms/Loomis (D) def. Williams/Tucker (SI) 6-1, 6-0; Mitchell/Koch (M) def. Williams/Trihemasava (BH) 6-1, 6-1; Young/Sigmon (B) def. Harper/Romminger (WC) 6-2, 6-2; Adams/Tate (N-C) advance on a bye.
Choi/Lampe def. Patel/Lawrence 6-0, 6-0; Davis Reid def. Lichtenwalner/Key 6-3, 6-1; Mitchell/Koch def. Helms/Loomis 6-4, 7-6 (8-6); Adams/Tate def. Young/Sigmon 6-0, 6-2.
Pinnix/Yang and Lichtenwalner/Key advance on bye; Yang/Chang def. Pope/Christopher 8-4; Patel/Lawrence advance on bye;
Williams/Trihemasava def. Williams/Tucker 8-2; Young/Sigmon, Harper/Romminger, Helms/Loomis advance on bye.
Lichtenwalner/Key def. Pinnix/Yang 8-0; Yang/Chang def. Patel/Lawrence 8-0; Young/Sigmon def. Williams/Trihemasava 8-0; Helms/Loomis def. Harper/Romminger 8-6.