Cedar Ridge’s Ward, Cellini & Milner Advance To Singles Regionals in Rain-Shortened Big 8 Championships

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Updated: October 12, 2017

The Big 8 Tennis Championships were set for East Chapel Hill’s Lindsay Linker Tennis Courts on Wednesday, but there were no champions to be had.

That’s because of torrential rain that fell just as the singles and doubles semifinals were set to start.

Cedar Ridge sophomore Olivia Ward captured her first two matches to advance to the semifinals, qualifying for the 3-A Mideast Regionals.  Ward captured her two matches 10-1 when the rain starte to fall.

Cedar Ridge’s top seed Ivy Garner did not have to play and will also advance to the regionals at the Burlington Tennis Center.

The Red Wolves will also send the doubles team of Bri Cellini and Kate Milner to the regionals. Cellini and Milner captured its first two matches before the skies opened.

The Regionals will be held October 20-21 at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Cedar Ridge is also awaiting to see if they will grab a wildcard spot in the 3A dual team tennis playoffs. The Red Wolves, who advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2016 after winning the Big 8 Championship, finished third in the Big 8 this season with a 13-6 overall record, 11-4 in the Big 8. Cedar Ridge came in 3rd behind conference champion East Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill.

Wednesday’s meet also officially ended Orange’s season. In doubles action, senior Caroline Branan and freshman Emma Williamson teamed in a hard fought match, falling to Chapel Hill 10-8. Orange’s Payton Clayton lost to Northwood’s #2 singles player 10-6.

After a victory over Northern Durham last week, Orange ends its season 6-15,

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