By virtue of their 5-2 victory over Caldwell Academy on October 23 the #2 west seed UCHS girls tennis team knew they would be playing in the state semifinals on October 27. It wasn’t until the learned that top seeded Davidson Day School had been upset by Gaston Day that the Lady Barracudas began preparing for a home match this comin Tuesday.
As the #2 seed in the west bracket UCHS is the highest remaining seed on that side of the draw. That earns them the right to host the lowest seed from the east in the semifinal. That sets up a match with defending NCISAA 2A state champions Trinity Academy of Raleigh, to whom UCHS lost last season 5-4 in the semifinals in Raleigh. The winner of Tuesday’s semifinal will play the winner of #1 seed Trinity School of Chapel Hill/Durham and #4 west seed Gaston Day School at the site of the highest remaining team.
This marks the fifth consecutive season that the Lady Barracudas have advanced to the NCISAA semifinals. In 2016 and 2017 UCHS was in the final four for NCISAA 1A, hosting and winning the 2017 semifinal on their way to a state runner-up position in 2017. When UCHS moved up to 2A in 2018 their success in state playoffs continued, advancing to the 2A semifinals now for the third consecutive season. 2020 will mark the first time UCHS has hosted the semifinals since 2017.