08/27/04 — Tennis -- North Lenoir crushes Panthers

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Tennis -- North Lenoir crushes Panthers

By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on August 27, 2004 1:59 PM

BETHEL -- North Lenoir evened its Carolina/Eastern Plains 1-A/2-A Conference worksheet at 2-2 with a 9-0 dismantling of North Pitt on Thursday afternoon.

Morgan Worthington, Mary-Linton Smith and Rachel Sasser each beat their respective opponent 6-0, 6-0. The Hawks also received singles wins from Lauren Harris, Heather Phillips and Ruthanne Hardy. Hardy had the closest match -- a 6-3, 6-3 outcome against Jacinta Jones at No. 3.

"Ruthanne had a tight match, but she stayed focused and was able to pull it out," first-year North Lenoir coach Courtney Harrell said. "Kristen (Penuel) and Jordan (Hoffman) had a wonderful performance at number three doubles. We had some rough matches earlier this week, but the girls looked fresh today.

"I'm looking forward to next week's match against a strong team in Spring Creek."

The Hawks (3-3) face the unbeaten Gators next Tuesday at Walnut Creek Country Club.

North Lenoir 9, North Pitt 0

Singles -- No. 1 Morgan Worthington (NL) d. Nicki Leggett 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Mary-Linton Smith (NL) d. Tracy Wade 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Ruthanne Hardy (NL) d. Jacinta Jones 6-3, 6-3; No. 4 Rachel Sasser (NL) d. Danielle Abeyounis 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Lauren Harris (NL) d. Sierra Robinson 6-2, 6-1; No. 6 Heather Phillips (NL) d. Kornisha Dudley 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles -- No. 1 Smith-Ashley Fillipelli (NL) d. Wade-Jones 8-1; No. 2 Worthington-Madison Gray (NL) d. Roberson-Dudley 8-4; No. 3 Jordan Hoffman-Kristen Penuel (NL) d. Abeyounis-Markia Camper 8-0