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High school girls’ tennis: Salisbury rules regional, five Hornets go to state – Salisbury Post

High school girls’ tennis: Salisbury rules regional, five Hornets go to state – Salisbury Post

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.

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