Carroll County has 11 tennis players participating in the state tournament, which begins Thursday, May 23 at Wilde Lake Tennis Center in Columbia and runs through Saturday, May 25.
Two preliminary rounds for Class 1A and 2A are slated for Thursday beginning at 10 a.m., and the same goes for 3A and 4A on Friday. Consolation and championship rounds are planned for Saturday at 10.
Francis Scott Key senior Brandon Bimestefer is one of eight players in the 1A boys singles bracket. Bimestefer (10-3) took third at the county tournament and second at the 1A West tourney. He’s facing South Region champion Brian Wilson of Frederick Douglass in the quarterfinals.
The county’s other boys singles player in action is Liberty senior Tyger Zan, who is set to play Origen Grear of Hammond in the 2A quarterfinals. Zan (11-5) took fourth at counties and second at regionals.
County and 2A West champions Dylan Gettier and Ray Woodward of Liberty are 18-0 and in the boys doubles state bracket. Gettier, a senior, and Woodward, a junior, are set to play Calvert’s Chad Smialek and Levi Pixton in the quarterfinals.
Manchester Valley senior Matthew Fairchild is in the 3A boys singles field. Fairchild (19-0) has county and 3A West titles this spring, and his first state tourney opponent Friday is City’s Romain Gross.
Liberty’s duo of junior Emily Brecker and Noelle Htwar (18-0) are set to take on Marriotts Ridge’s Avani Badugu and Savana Owens in 2A girls doubles action. Brecker and Htwar won county and regional champions this spring.
Westminster has a girls doubles pairing on the 3A side in junior Audrey Detrow and sophomore Amber Manspeaker (6-11), who placed second at the West regional tournament. Detrow and Manspeaker will play Emma O'Kane and Alexandra Pinkham of Northern in the state quarterfinals.
Century’s Kaitlin Conway and Michael Napolitano are 4-2 in the postseason as a mixed doubles team, after taking second at the county and 2A West tournaments. Conway, a junior, and Napolitano, a senior, are facing River Hill’s Kartik Gupta and Defne Demirekler in the state quarterfinals.