In the first round of the Midwest 2A Conference Tennis Tournament at Gardner Webb both Lincolnton and West Lincoln experienced some success.
Lincolntonâ€™s No. 2 seed Liz Rhine advanaced to the semi-finals with a straight set win over Arienne Pearson from Shelby. The win qualifies her for the West Regionals.
Anna Carpenter won her first round match against West Lincolnâ€™s Mara Rudisill. In the next round, she faced No. 1 seed Trish Gaither from Newton-Conover. Carpenter will next play in the consolation bracket for a spot in the regionals.
In doublesâ€™ play, No. 2 seed Shawn Kindley/Jessica Newton lost the opening set then swept the next two to move into the semi-finals.
Their teammates No. 3 seed Angela Graham/Shelley Stevens recorded two wins advancing them into the semi-finals and earning them a trip to the regionals.
West Lincolnâ€™s LeeAnna Young/Nicol Mick won their first round doubles match then lost their second. Abbey Cole/Anna Watson also won their first match but fell victim in the second.
Both doublesâ€™ teams will compete in the consolation bracket. The Midwest 2A Conference Tournament will continue Wednesday and Thursday weathering permitting.
by John Mark Brooks