High school girls tennis: Hornets doubles team is 2A runner-up
CARY — Salisbury seniors Lillie Rusher and Meredith Burton wanted to go out with a bang — and they accomplished that.
They won three matches in the 2A State Championships at Cary Tennis Park for coach Milton Griffith.
Their final match for the Hornets was played for a 2A doubles state title. They lost in Saturday afternoon’s championship match 6-2, 6-1 to Hendersonville’s sister act of McCollough Perry/Eliza Perry.
The Perrys had eliminated the Salisbury doubles team of Millie Wymbs/Abby Campion in the quarterfinals.
Rusher and Burton had a tough fight with Hendersonville’s second doubles team in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Hendersonville was declared the team state champion based on a points system. The Hornets provided the closest competition.
Salisbury’s Abbey Lawson won a first-round match.
Oak Grove’s Jessica Fuchs was state runner-up in singles.
In the 1A Championships, Gray Stone’s Emma Grace Bost was singles runner-up.
Abbey Lawson (Salisbury) def. Anna Smith (Whiteville) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Alexa Allison (Newton-Conover) def. Abbey Lawson (Salisbury) 6-0, 6-0
Millie Wymbs & Abby Campion (Salisbury) def. Riley Landen & Gabby Long (Roanoke Rapids) 6-1, 6-0
McCollough Perry & Eliza Perry (Hendersonville) def. Millie Wymbs & Abby Campion (Salisbury) 6-1, 6-0
Lillie Rusher & Meredith Burton (Salisbury) def. Atty Bestwick & Taylor Bond (Durham School of the Arts) 6-0, 6-3
Lillie Rusher & Meredith Burton (Salisbury) def. Lindsay Bull & Ava Heffner (Hendersonville) 6-4, 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5)
Lillie Rusher & Meredith Burton (Salisbury) def. Brogan Heavner & Etta Godfrey (West Lincoln) 6-2, 6-2
McCollough Perry & Eliza Perry (Hendersonville) def. Lillie Rusher & Meredith Burton (Salisbury) 6-2, 6-1