Secondary school young ladies tennis: Rusher leads All-Rowan County crew

Secondary school young ladies tennis: Rusher leads All-Rowan County crew

One of the young ladies copies matches of the year in the state happened in the 2A state quarterfinals in Cary.

Salisbury’s senior duplicates group of Lillian “Lillie” Rusher and Meredith Burton persisted in an exciting ride match against Hendersonville’s Lindsay Bull and Ava Heffner 6-4, 6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5).

That one required some time and required some exertion. There were more force changes than in the normal b-ball game.

“Our young ladies got around that one generally on the grounds that even after they got down, Lillie continued pushing,” Salisbury mentor Milton Griffith said. “She’s exceptionally serious, and she won’t stop. She’s never going to surrender.”

Rusher and Burton won in the elimination rounds in considerably more standard style.

Their secondary school vocations finished with a misfortune in the state title match to Hendersonville sisters McCollough and Eliza Perry.

In any case, it was near a fantasy senior season for both Salisbury young ladies. Rusher’s just misfortune at No. 1 singles was in a Central Carolina Conference match against Oak Grove’s Jessica Fuchs (6-3, 6-4), who completed as 2A state next in line. Burton didn’t lose a singles match the entire season.

Rusher rehashes as the Post’s Rowan County Player of the Year, albeit nothing about this season was ever normal.

With the altered COVID plan, the games seasons were messed up. Ordinarily, young ladies tennis is a fall sport. Young ladies have the mid year to prepare for it.

This opportunity Rusher came to tennis late.

Rusher’s essential game is soccer, and the Hornets’ heavenly soccer season finished with a third-round season finisher misfortune at possible state champ Lake Norman Charter on May 7.

Salisbury’s first tennis match occurred against West Davidson on May 5. Burton played No. 1 singles for the match that Rusher missed and won 6-0, 6-0. Rusher’s presentation came against Lexington on May 10.

“Lillie was occupied with soccer and she was corroded when this tennis season began,” Griffith said. “Be that as it may, when she dedicates herself to it, she’s completely committed to a game. She gave all that she needed to tennis once she was with us, and it wasn’t some time before she was playing as well as could be expected. She just continued working at it. She’ll rehearse unendingly.”

Salisbury has won each CCC young ladies tennis title since 2003 and took another, it’s anything but’s a column.

It was another pennant season for mentor Milton Griffith and the Hornets. Other than winning the CCC, Salisbury beat beforehand undefeated Carson 8-1 in the greatest province matchup in years. Salisbury copies groups got down to business for the CCC competition title. Salisbury put two copies groups and a singles qualifier in the state titles.

Rusher didn’t play tennis at all as a sophomore, betting everything on club soccer throughout the fall months, yet mentors, colleagues and family convinced her to get back to the tennis courts as a lesser, and she drove the Hornets on a hurry to the Final Four in the 2A double group end of the season games.

There were no double group end of the season games in this COVID-consolidated season. Hendersonville would’ve been difficult to beat, however the Hornets probably would’ve been a Final Four group once more.

Rusher drove the way.

“She played three years of tennis and was a state competitor consistently,” Griffith said. “Incredible competitor. Extraordinary understudy. Incredible character. She generally roused her colleagues to play their best.”

Rusher played No. 4 singles for the Hornets as a rookie when the Hornets had players, for example, Maria Capito and Julia Honeycutt and won the 2A state title.

Rusher is most likely finished with cutthroat tennis, as her tentative arrangement is to play soccer at Catawba.

She may have gone greater — she’s a three-time All-State major part in soccer — however she needed to remain nearby home. Rusher was a protector first, yet she actually had 25 objectives and 85 aids her profession for the Hornets.


Carson lost a large portion of the setup that set standards in the fall of 2019, however mentor Kayela Galloway directed the Cougars to another unbeaten season in the North Piedmont Conference.

West Rowan’s Lacy Waggoner, a lesser, likewise turned in a prominent season. The Falcons weren’t close to as solid as they had been as of late, however Waggoner was undefeated at No. 1 singles during the NPC customary season.


All-Rowan County

Lillie Rusher, Salisbury Sr. — 8-1 at No. 1 singles for Central Carolina Conference champs, territorial copies champ, 2A duplicates state second place

Meredith Burton, Salisbury Sr. — 9-0 at No. 2 singles, provincial duplicates champ, 2A pairs state next in line

Frilly Waggoner, West Jr. — 8-0 North Piedmont Conference normal season at No. 1 singles, local singles qualifier

Millie Wymbs, Salisbury Fr. — 9-0 at No. 3 singles, CCC pairs champ, state duplicates qualifier

Abby Campion, Salisbury Jr. — 9-0 at No. 4 singles, CCC pairs champ, state duplicates qualifier

Lindsey Conrad, Carson Sr. — played No. 1 singles and copies for NPC champs, NPC duplicates champ, local pairs qualifier

Carleigh Perry, Carson Sr. — 10-1 at No. 2 singles, NPC copies champ, provincial duplicates qualifier

Kate Burton, Salisbury soph. — 7-1 at No. 5 singles, All-CCC

Nunnery Lawson, Salisbury soph. — 8-0 at No. 5 singles, state singles qualifier

Colbie Perry, Carson Sr. — 10-1 at No. 3 and No, 4 singles, 9-1 at No. 3 copies

Riley Isley, Carson Jr. — 8-3 at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, 10-1 at No. 2 pairs

Alison Sloop, Carson Sr. — 11-0 at No. 5 singles, 10-1 at No. 2 duplicates

Audrey Ward, East Soph. — Played No. 1 singles for the Mustangs

Bree Whittington, Carson soph. — 9-1 at No. 6 singles, 9-1 at No. 3 copies

Jaysa Causby, East Jr. — Played serious matches at No. 1 singles for East when Ward was out with sickness

Bailey Webster, South Sr. — Played No. 1 singles for the Raiders

Player of the Year — Lillie Rusher, Salisbury

Mentor of the Year — Milton Griffith, Salisbury

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