CARY — In a girls’ tennis tournament that took seven days from start to finish, Holly Springs’ Bailey Edwards won the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A singles title, and Cary seniors Jamie Rogers and Hannah Jabusch won the doubles championship Monday at Cary Tennis Park.
The conference finished its tournament an hour before the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s reporting deadline. The individual tournament regionals will be Friday and Saturday and the first round of the team playoffs are Tuesday.
If area tournaments are any indication, there could be some upsets in store.
Rogers and Jabusch defeated defending 4A state champions Jordan Strickland and Sammi Smith of Panther Creek by rallying 2-6, 6-2, 10-5. It is the first-ever loss for the sophomore duo.
“We just made a deal that our senior year we would go for the doubles” title, said Rogers, who was a state semifinalist in singles her freshman year but missed her sophomore year with a broken ankle. Players or their coaches must choose whether they want to compete in the singles or doubles tournament.
Jabusch stayed on the baseline and Rogers was at the net during most of their comeback.
“I decided that to win this match I had to be patient,” Jabusch said. “Once I gave Jamie a good shot, she would go for it and we would win that point no matter what.”
Edwards came seemingly out of nowhere because of a torn wrist tendon that sidelined her all of last year. The senior defeated Panther Creek’s Megan Smith 5-7, 7-6, 11-9.
“Going into it, I knew it was going to be close. I just knew I had to fight for every point because she’s a really good player and we split during the regular season,” Edwards said. “It was six months where I couldn’t do any of this... luckily when I came back I was better than I was before somehow.”
Two teams made the playoffs. Panther Creek (16-1), ranked No.2 in the state, will host wild-card Person County (20-5), and Green Hope (13-4), ranked third in 4A, will travel to New Hanover (14-1).
Panther Creek’s Orla Labiche, Green Hope’s Karena Zhang and Middle Creek’s Shaye McAuliffe qualified for the individual regional in singles while Apex’s Carla Thomas and Elizabeth Johnson, Panther Creek’s Aishani Tingare and Loren Kim and Green Hope’s Caroline Sigmon and Priyanka Srinivas qualified in doubles.
Staff writers Caryn Grant and D. Clay Best contributed to this articles.
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