Clayton sophomore Klein Evans finished in the top four in the state at the NCHSAA 4A boys tennis individual championships Friday at Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh.
Evans was 26-2 on the season. He fell to Millbrook’s Logan Weber in the state semifinals, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. The Comet standout was 26-2 on the season with losses only to Weber in the regional semifinals and the state semifinals.
At the state finals on Thursday, Evans rolled by Collin Shick of Greensboro Grimsley, 6-0, 6-2 in the round of 16. He followed that up with a win at love (6-0, 6-0) over Wilmington New Hanover’s Marshall Waren.
The win in the state quarterfinals was the 50th in his short singles career at Clayton. He is 50-4 through two seasons and a two-time 4A state singles championship qualifier.
“Klein has grown a couple of inches in height and gained strength this year which has helped to improve his serve and volley game,” said Clayton coach Ken Stivason. “Last year, the top players could attack his second serve.
“His first serve this year has become a weapon, which can win him free points, and his second serve has more pace and depth on it. His ground strokes have also gained velocity and depth.”
After beating Evans, Weber fell to Wakefield’s Bo Boyden in the state championship match.
At the 3A state individual championships in Burlington, Corinth Holders’ Jake Altman and Jamie Schap fell in the first round to the Shelby Crest combo of Jack Wasserman and Dylan Goodmon in straight sets. Wassernam and Goodmon claimed a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
North Johnston’s state-qualifying doubles team of Bailey Lail and C.J. Jackson bowed out of the 2A boys tennis championships in Friday’s round of 16. Lail and Jackson fell to Brevard’s Cre Still and Chris Wilson, 6-0, 6-1.