BY MICHAEL HELD
CARY—Princeton’s Jake Williams did something last Friday no other Princeton boys tennis player had accomplished since the late 1980s when Williams represented the Bulldogs at the NCHSAA 1A men’s individual tennis state championships.
Williams was done no favors as he squared off against 2016 state champion Ryan Macy Elkin and was eliminated by Macy, who went on to win his second state title in three years, in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
Still, Williams left with his head held high knowing he achieved what he set out to do before the season started.
The three-time conference champion had failed to get to the state championships in previous years, falling in the second and first rounds of the regionals in his sophomore and junior seasons.
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