Walston Martin part of USTA 18&Over 4.5 national champions

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Mary Katherine Walston Martin, a 2004 graduate of Fike High and a two-time North Carolina High School Athletic Association doubles champion, was part of a Raleigh-based team from Millbrook Tennis Center that won the United States Tennis Association Adult 18 & Over Women’s 4.5 national championship Sunday afternoon at Arlington Tennis Center.

Walston Martin, who teamed with Alli Benton to win the NCHSAA 3-A doubles championship in 2001 and 2002, posted a 3-3 record during the three-day event, playing No. 1 doubles and alternating between No. 1 and No. 2 singles in the best-of-5 matches.

North Carolina produced a 3-1 record during the preliminary round, where 17 teams competed from across the country. 

Walston Martin and her teammates was one of one of six groups to compile a 3-1 record, but advanced to the four-team championship bracket as the No. 2 seed on the basis of fewest sets lost.

The team defeated Hopkins, Minn., Scottsdale, Ariz. and Fairfax, Va. in pool play and fell to Carrollton, Texas for a 3-1 showing.

In bracket play, North Carolina edged No. 3 Woburn, Mass. 3-2 in the semifinals and followed it with a 3-2 triumph over No. 4 Milwaukee, Wisc. in the championship match. Top-seeded Carrollton, Texas, which won all four preliminary matches, was upset by Milwaukee in the semifinals.

Walston Martin’s North Carolina team qualified for nationals by winning the Southern sectional championship in July and district competition under the USTA’s Capital Area banner in June.