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NC’s Johnson top seed in Chesapeake net tourney
Ten Bulldogs involved in event for local high school tennis players

WYE MILLS – This weekend’s Chesapeake College Junior Girls’ Tennis Tournament may resemble a North Caroline High team practice to the 10 Bulldogs involved in the event.

North Caroline players captured three of the four seeds in the singles tournament, led by top-seeded Stephanie Johnson. Two other Bulldogs – sisters Morgan and Madison Parks – are seeded No. 1 in the girls’ doubles event.

If seeds hold to form, Johnson will even be facing a North Caroline teammate – second-seeded Kate Minkkinen – in the singles finals. That match, if it takes place, probably wouldn’t hold too many surprises for the participants.

"We didn’t play each other a lot, but we’ve definitely seen each other play," said Johnson.

Johnson, who split time at No. 1 singles with Minkkinen this past spring for North Caroline, said she has "been working a lot on power, both on my serves and my forehand" over the summer. Her work paid off in a runner-up showing at the Seaford Open in the 16-17-year-old age category.

Corrie Russell, who plays for Kent Island High, is the third seed in the singles draw while North Caroline’s Madison Parks grabbed the fourth and final seed. Corrie Russell and her sister, Cara, are the second seeds behind the Parks sisters in the doubles draw.

The tournament starts Saturday at 8 a.m. with six first-round singles matches. The championship tournament quarterfinals are slated for 10 a.m., along with the beginning of the consolation singles tournament for players who lose their first match.

One doubles play-in match will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday to fill out the final spot in the doubles semifinals, which take place at 1 p.m. Sunday to be followed at 3 p.m. by the doubles finals.

Singles semifinals – both in the championship and consolation tournament – are at 9 a.m. Sunday, with both singles finals scheduled for 11 a.m.

The championship singles and doubles tournaments feature best-of-three-set matches with advantage (deuce) scoring. The consolation singles tournament will feature eight-game pro sets with advantage scoring.

Chesapeake College Junior Girls’ Tennis Tournament Schedule

Saturday, September 12

Championship singles bracket first round

Katie Carmean vs. Lyn Midcap, 8 a.m.
Arshelle Jackson vs. Cara Russell, 8 a.m.
Gina Ciardi vs. (4) Madison Parks, 8 a.m.
(3) Corrie Russell vs. Christy Nave, 8 a.m.
Emily Merriken vs. Morgan Parks, 8 a.m.
Stacey Tisack vs. Jessica Zaki, 8 a.m.

Championship singles bracket quarterfinals

Carmean-Midcap winner vs. Stephanie Johnson, 10 a.m.
Jackson-Cara Russell winner vs. Ciardi-Madison Parks winner, 10 a.m.
Corrie Russell-Nave winner vs. Merriken-Morgan Parks winner, 10 a.m.
Tisack-Zaki winner vs. Kate Minkkinen, 10 a.m.

Consolation singles bracket quarterfinals

Carmean-Midcap loser vs. Tisack-Zaki loser, 10 a.m.
Jackson-Cara Russell loser vs. Merriken-Morgan Parks loser, 10 a.m.
Corrie Russell-Nave loser vs. Johnson-Carmean/Midcap loser, 12 noon
Ciardi-Madison Parks loser vs. Minkkinen-Tisack/Zaki loser, 12 noon

Championship doubles bracket play-in match

Merriken-Ciardi vs. Emily Soper/Stephanie Waltrup, 2 p.m. Saturday

Sunday, September 13

Championship and consolation singles bracket semifinals 9 a.m.

Championship and consolation singles bracket finals 11 a.m.

Championship bracket doubles semifinals 1 p.m.

Championship bracket doubles finals 3 p.m.

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