Polk County’s doubles team of Hannah Jenne and Tana Harris are one win away from a state championship.
The Wolverine pair advanced to Saturday’s 1A doubles final with a pair of victories Friday in state tournament action at Cary Tennis Park.
Jenne and Harris will return to the court at 9 a.m. Saturday to face Claire Rogers and Lydia Cortes of Bishop McGuinness. The Polk County pair defeated Rogers and Cortes 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the third-place match at last week’s 1A West Regional.
A win would mark the first time a Polk County duo has won a state tennis championship and only the second individual title in school history, with Polk’s Edina Lazar winning the 1A singles title in 2001.
The four qualifiers from the 1A West Regional all won their first-round matches Friday against their Eastern counterparts, with Jenne and Harris opening the day with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Dannielle Park and Jessica Faulkner of Franklin Academy.
The Wolverines then encountered East Surry’s Haley Jennelle and Sarah Mann, who defeated Jenne and Harris in regional play. The Cardinal pair earned a 6-3 win in the first set, but Jenne and Harris roared back to take the second set 6-2, then earned a 6-4 win in the third set to move into the championship match.
1A Tennis Doubles
at Cary Tennis Park
Haley Jennelle & Sarah Mann (East Surry) def. Lauren Oldham & Lauren Collins (Chatham Central) 6-2, 6-1
Hannah Jenne & Tana Harris (Polk County) def. Dannielle Park & Jessica Faulkner (Franklin Academy) 6-1, 6-1
Claire Rogers & Lydia Cortes (Bishop McGuinness) def. Blair King & Emma Rowe (Raleigh Charter) 7-6 (8), 6-3
Miriam Roy & Abbey Styers (Gray Stone Day) def. Ashlynn Stephan & Niamh Stephan (Franklin Academy) 7-6(8), 6-3
Hannah Jenne & Tana Harris (Polk County) def. Haley Jennelle & Sarah Mann (East Surry) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Claire Rogers & Lydia Cortes (Bishop McGuinness) def. Miriam Roy & Abbey Styers (Gray Stone Day) 6-3, 7-5
Hannah Jenne & Tana Harris (Polk County) vs. Claire Rogers & Lydia Cortes (Bishop McGuinness