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WL still winless in state playoffs


West Lincoln’s girls tennis team is still searching for that elusive dual-team playoff win.
The Rebels, making their eighth appearance in the dual-team postseason, were defeated by host Brevard 5-1 in the first round of the state 2A playoffs on Tuesday.
Heading in West Lincoln was 0-7 all-time in the dual-team format since it began in 1990, according to records kept by the NCHSAA.
Brevard, a 2A powerhouse, is in the playoffs for the 20th time.
With the match already decided, the teams chose not to play doubles, Rebels coach Ken Hilderbran said.
Kylee Leonhardt, a freshman, was the only West Lincoln singles player to win her match. The fourth-seeded Leonhardt defeated Kathleen Elliot 6-0 and 6-1.
Leonhardt and sophomore Skylar Greer will compete in the doubles portion of the NCHSAA 2A West Regionals on Friday and Saturday at Gardner-Webb University.
Other results from Tuesday’s match: 1. Taylor Snowden (B) d. Olivia Godfrey 6-0, 6-0; 2. Emma McLeod (B) d. Greer 6-0, 6-1; 3. Allie Williams (B) d. Lily Rollins 6-0, 6-2; 5. Victoria Roberts (B) d. Jakayla Williams 6-0, 6-0; 6. Bailey Shuler (B) d. Mailee Weaver 6-0, 6-0.
Brevard (16-2), champion of the Western N.C. Athletic 2A Conference, advances to face defending 2A state champion Salisbury (14-3), which defeated Forest Hills 9-0.
West Lincoln ends its dual-team season at 9-5. The Rebels, who finished fourth in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference, earned one of two wildcards into the playoffs.
They were the only team from Lincoln County to qualify for the dual-team playoffs.

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