Two Reach Semis in Tennis Regionals
Two boys’ tennis players from local high schools earned berths Friday in their respective state individual championships.
John Dangerfield of Union Pines reached the semifinals of the Mideast 3-A Regional, while Grey Hamilton of Pinecrest also reached the semifinals of the East 4-A Regionals. All players that reach the semifinals in their respective regionals advance to the state championships.
Both players were competing Saturday in the semifinals, with Dangerfield competing at the Burlington Tennis Center against Matt Daly of Cardinal Gibbons and Hamilton playing his match at Milton Mazarick Tennis Center in Fayetteville. Results of those matches weren’t available by press time.
Dangerfield got a measure of revenge with his 6-1, 6-0 win over Chapel Hill’s Chris Chang in the quarterfinals. When the two had met during the regular season in a team dual match Chang grabbed the win by way of a third-set tiebreaker.
“Dangerfield thoroughly dominated the competition,” Union Pines coach John Frye said by email of Friday’s rematch.
In the first round, Dangerfield defeated Asheboro’s Justin Allen by a 6-0, 6-3 score to advance to the quarterfinal match against Chang.
Dangerfield’s two victories raised his career mark as a Viking to 106-15, moving him ahead of former Viking star Jay Stalls and tying him with Brandon Bureau on the school’s career win list at 28th, according to Frye.
Dangerfield, a junior, has won three consecutive Cape Fear Valley Conference individual titles, including this year when he defeated freshman teammate Jordan Allen in the finals held last week in Sanford. Both players advanced to regional competition.
Allen won his opening match of the regionals 6-2, 7-5, before falling to Western Alamance’s Eric Greene by a 6-0, 6-2 score in a quarterfinal match.
In doubles’ competition, Vikings’ Kyle Gatti and Adam Howard suffered a tough 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (3) first-round loss to Alex Dunzweiler and Josh Byrd of Asheboro High. Gatti and Howard reached the regionals by defeating teammates Dylan Dinkins and Matt Lorenz in the conference tournament finals.
Both Viking duos advanced to regional competition, with Dinkins and Lorenz also suffering a first-round loss Friday, falling 6-1, 6-3 to Aaron Weber and Bryan Zhang of Chapel Hill.
In the state 3-A dual team playoffs, Union Pines is not done with facing the Chapel Hill players. In the state 3-A dual team playoffs that resume Tuesday, Chapel Hill will be coming to Union Pines for a second-round match that starts at 4:30 p.m.
In the earlier encounter between the two teams this season, the Viking claimed a 5-4 win that wasn’t decided until the final doubles match.
Hamilton, the No. 1 singles player on the Pinecrest team, won his first-round match by a 6-0, 6-0 score over Charlie Apper of Wilmington Hoggard. He advanced to the semifinals by defeating Kiran Patel of Terry Sanford 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal match.
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