SALISBURY The Salisbury girls’ tennis team won the 2A Midwest Regional on Friday and Saturday.
Salisbury was the guest team. Team scores were based on a points system.
The top four teams in singles and top four doubles teams advanced to the 1A/2A state tournament to be held June 25-26 in Cary.
The Salisbury girls, coached by Milton Griffith, had five players compete and all five went through.
The SHS doubles team of Lillie Rusher/Meredith Burton won the regional championship. They defeated the West Wilkes team against Kendall Stanley/Paige Phillips 6-2, 6-1 in the first round. They won 6-0, 6-0 in the second round against the Ledford team of Jada Welch/Mila Riggsbee.
In the semifinals, Rusher/Burton beat Forbush’s Megan Smith/Elei Ayers 6-1, 6-0.
In the regional championship game, Rusher/Burton won 6-2, 6-2 against teammates Millie Wymbs/Abby Campion, who had defeated Rusher/Burton in the final of the Central Carolina Conference Tournament.
“Lillie and Meredith are seniors and they were very determined today,” Griffith said. “They want out with a bang.”
The Wymbs/Campion team won in the first round against a Forbush duo and took a close match against a Central Davidson team in the second round. They defeated Oak Grove’s Marlie Stephenson/Chloe Bethea in a thrilling semi-final match.
Stephenson/Bethea took third place. Forbush’s Smith/Ayers team came in fourth.
Salisbury’s Abbey Lawson competed in singles. She won her first two games and advanced to the state tournament with a fourth-place finish.
Oak Grove’s Jessica Fuchs won the Regional Singles Championship. Elizabeth Wallace of Ashe County came in second. Third place was Lucy Bovard of Mount Pleasant.