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Lady Wolves look to three-peat

The Lincolnton Lady Wolves tennis team opened their season in impressive fashion Tuesday.
The Wolves, who returns five seniors, easily defeated East Gaston 8-0 in their home opener.
Lincolnton’s No. 1 seed Shawn Kindley defeated Jessica Caldwell 8-4. While No. 2 Liz Rhine defeated Marcie Michael 8-0. Shelley Stevens, at No. 3, defeated Ashleigh Davis 8-1.
Lincolnton’s No. 4 seed Angela Graham defeated Krista Fields 8-0. Her teammate Jessica Newton, at No. 5, defeated Michelle Rhyne 8-2.
Mary Heather Lineberger defeated Brenda Poole 8-0 to round out the top six.
In doubles’ play, Rhine/ Anna Carpenter defeated Michael/Davis 8-1. While Anna Kiser/Betty Royster defeated Fields/Rhyne 8-6.
Lady Wolves’ head coach Chris Hoffman was pleased with the season-opening win.
“We had little trouble against a young East Gaston squad. Our team is progressing nicely, although some inconsistencies have shaken up the line-up,” he said.
Hoffman’s squad consist of seven starters that return from 2003, so he says ‘expectations are again high.’
With five seniors on the roster Lincolnton has tons of experience that should aide them well in 2004.
Senior Shawn Kindley was a Midwest 2A All-Conference performer and MW 2A singles’ champion with a 17-12 combined record last season.
Jessica Newton went 18-3 last year making the MW 2A All-Conference team herself and was a doubles’ finalist.
Liz Rhine also was named All-Conference and was a doubles finalist with a 18-11 record.
Anna Carpenter went 21-6 and also garnered an All-Conference selection.
Mary Heather Lineberger went 12-2 in 2003.
Two juniors, Angela Graham (21-5) and Shelley Stevens (22-5) also look to make contributions in the Lady Wolves hope to three-peat as Midwest 2A Conference champions.
Other players are: Anna Kiser, Betty Royster, Lauren Fortkort, Sheldon McCurry and Kendra Helms.
“Our girls are very competitive throughout the line-up. They are skilled in both singles and doubles and that gives us good depth with any line-up we put together,” Hoffman said.
The team is expected to be the conference favorite this year. by John Mark Brooks

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