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.
Lincolntonâ€™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.
Lincolntonâ€™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 doublesâ€™ play, Rhine/ Anna Carpenter defeated Michael/Davis 8-1. While Anna Kiser/Betty Royster defeated Fields/Rhyne 8-6.
Lady Wolvesâ€™ head coach Chris Hoffman was pleased with the season-opening win.
â€œWe had little trouble against a young East Gaston squad. Our team is progressing nicely, although some inconsistencies have shaken up the line-up,â€ he said.
Hoffmanâ€™s squad consist of seven starters that return from 2003, so he says â€˜expectations are again high.â€™
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 singlesâ€™ 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 doublesâ€™ 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.
â€œOur 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,â€ Hoffman said.
The team is expected to be the conference favorite this year. by John Mark Brooks