Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes: boys’ and girls’ tennis

CorrespondentJune 21, 2013 

The southwestern-Wake area has sent a boys’ tennis player to the 4A singles championship in each of the last five seasons.

Some of those players are starting to make an impact at the college level, as is the area’s only girls’ tennis champion over the last decade.

Former state champ at Richmond: Former 4A state champion Melissa Kandinata of Green Hope (2011) experienced a successful sophomore campaign at Richmond University. Kandinata was name A-10 Performer of the Week twice this past season and played in the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional, competing in both singles and doubles.

Kandinata finished the season winning eight of her last 11 matches.

Barrett excels after transfer: Former 4A state champion Wesley Barrett of Apex (2010) finished his junior year with the second-most singles wins of any Old Dominion Monarchs player, going 13-6.

He also was 15-5 in doubles competitions.

Barrett formerly played for Elon but transferred to Old Dominion after his freshman year.

Cacha’s playing time expands: Roman Cacha, a former four-star recruit from Athens Drive (2011) and a state runner-up, had a solid sophomore season for the Army Black Knights.

In his second year with the program, Cacha found more time on the court and compiled a 13-8 singles and 4-3 doubles record. In his freshman year, he finished 7-3 in singles play and 1-0 in doubles.

Through his personal success, Cacha aided the Black Knights in going a perfect 6-0 in the Patriot League for a first-place finish and 16-7 overall.

Duncan’s freshman year done: Graham Duncan of Apex (2012) was a 4A state runner-up and just completed his freshman year at Wofford. Duncan was 3-12 for the Terriers, playing mostly as the team’s No. 5 in singles.

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