Lady Knights travel to face North Johnson for tennis playoff

DUBLIN — The West Bladen High girls tennis team will open dual match competition Wednesday in the first round of the state’s Class 2-A playoffs at North Johnston at 4 p.m.

The Lady Panthers finished the regular season with a 17-2 mark and won the Eastern Plains Conference with a 10-0 record.

The Lady Knights finished 16-2 in the regular season, which was also their conference record after losses to Whiteville and South Columbus.

In Wednesday’s playoff, the projected pairings with their season records are:

No. 1 singles — Conner Brisson (WB) 11-3 vs. Nine Bohunska (NJ) 17-0

No. 2 singles — Savannah Lee (WB) 9-3 vs. Abby Morris (NJ) 8-9

No. 3 singles — Helen Lopez (WB) 4-6 vs. Lanie Headley (NJ) 13-4

No. 4 singles — Autumn Brisson (WB) 12-1 vs. Emily Benedict (NJ) 15-1

No. 5 singles — Mireya Sandoval (WB) 13-1 vs. Maira Tereul (NJ) 12-4

No 6 singles — Alyssa Smith (WB) 10-0 vs. Olivia Gachuz (NJ) 15-1

No. 1 doubles — Conner Brisson/Lee (WB) 7-4 vs. Headley/Morris (NJ) 102

No. 2 doubles — Autumn Brisson/Lopez (WB) 9-2 vs. Benedict/Bohunska (NJ) 10-0

No. 3 doubles — Sandoval/Smith (WB) 12-0 vs. Gachuz/Tereul (NJ) 5-2

“It should be a competitive match,” said West Bladen coach Mary White. “I am expecting the match to be close and we are looking strong on our lower seeds and doubles matches to take the lead. Most of all we are looking forward to seeing good strokes and quality tennis. Myself and the girls couldn’t be more excited about the match …”