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Tennis post-season begins for local teams

All three Tarheel Independent Conference tennis teams have qualified for the NC Independent Schools Athletic Association post-season, while a Bertie High tandem are headed to the NCHSAA Regionals in Snow Hill.

Lawrence Academy (15-3), who opened their season on a 12-match win streak and won 15 of their first 16, are the two-seed in the 1A NCISAA bracket. They will open play Thursday at the Windsor (NC) Courts against Cape Fear Christian Academy from Erwin.

Senior Carly Stephenson (2nd, left) is feted by her Northeast Academy tennis teammates on Senior Day last week at the Northampton Wellness Center Courts in Jackson. As tennis playoffs begin across the state, the Lady Eagles are a four-seed and will open play in the NCISAA Tennis Championships on Thursday at home. Pictured with Stephenson are (from left): Emalee Jones, Jessie Martin, Lizzie Smith, Roslynn Morris, and Kiersten Flythe. Contributed Photo

If the Lady Warriors are triumphant, they could possibly face Ridgecroft School (9-4-1) in the Oct. 22 semi-finals. The Lady Rams drew the three-seed, and open play on Friday at the Rose Tennis Center at Chowan University in Murfreesboro against The Burlington School.

Northeast Academy (7-6) is a four-seed, and they will open play hosting Greenfield School from Wilson at the Northampton Wellness Center Courts in Jackson. The Lady Eagles have the toughest draw, as they would meet top-seed and defending state champ, Kerr-Vance Academy in the semi’s.

The NCISAA finals are set for Oct. 26 at NC Wesleyan in Rocky Mount.

Finally, the Bertie High doubles tandem of Lindsey Dickens and Alyssa Byrum, who won the Northeastern Coastal Conference individual championship are headed to the 2A East Regionals in Snow Hill at Greene Central High School Oct. 18-19.