Elkin repeats as 1A boys tennis state champions, beats Triangle Math & Science

Elkin repeats as 1A boys tennis state champions, beats Triangle Math & Science

Elkin’s boys tennis team repeated as N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A dual team state champions on Monday.

The Buckin’ Elks beat Triangle Math & Science 5-0 at the Burlington Tennis Center, as Elkin swept the No. 2-No. 6 singles.

Connor Ballard had the most dominant performance of the day for Elkin, beating Cooper Fielding 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles. Aidan Ballard won No. 3 singles over Eric Wu 6-1, 6-0.

In the No. 4 singles, Luke McComb defeated Alexander Rhodes 6-1, 6-1, then Jeremy Zamudio beat Soham Kela 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 5 singles. The closest singles match of the day — at least of the ones that were completed — was the No. 6 singles where Webb Snyder beat Rayyan Neikar 6-4, 6-3.

Owen Jennings of Elkin was named the most valuable player. Jennings played the No. 1 singles match against Prahalad Srinivasan, but the match did not finish because Elkin won the other five singles matches first. Jennings led 6-4, 4-5 when the match was called.

This marks the 10th boys tennis dual team championship in school history for Elkin, and the second in a row. Prior to last season, Elkin had not won a dual team title since 2013.

Monday was the first time Triangle Math & Science has competed in the dual team state championship.

The NCHSAA recognized one athlete from each team with a sportsmanship award on Monday. Wu was named the winner for Triangle Math & Science, while McComb was the winner for Elkin.

Box Score: Elkin 5, Triangle Math & Science 0

Singles Matches

#1 — Owen Jennings (Elkin) vs. Prahalad Srinivasan (Triangle Math & Science) – DNF (Jennings led 6-4, 4-5)

#2 — Connor Ballard (Elkin) def. Cooper Fielding (Triangle Math & Science) 6-0, 6-0

#3 — Aidan Ballard (Elkin) def. Eric Wu (Triangle Math & Science) 6-1, 6-0

#4 — Luke McComb (Elkin) def. Alexander Rhodes (Triangle Math & Science) 6-1, 6-1

#5 — Jeremy Zamudio (Elkin) def. Soham Kela (Triangle Math & Science) 6-2, 6-2

#6 — Webb Snyder (Elkin) def. Rayyan Neikar (Triangle Math & Science) 6-4, 6-3

1A Dual-Team Championship MVP — Owen Jennings (Elkin)

Sportsmanship Award — Eric Wu (Triangle Math & Science) & Luke McComb (Elkin)

Source: highschoolot.com