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Lady Bruins’ Hayes-Wasilewski win EPC doubles title; NJ gets top 4 in singles

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Just as it had done during the regular season, North Johnston dominated the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference girls tennis tournament Wednesday at Beddingfield — at least in singles.

The Lady Panthers produced all four semifinalists with junior Nina Bohunska taking down senior teammate Emily Benedict 6-0, 6-0 in the finals.

In doubles, the tandem of Karissa Hayes-Sabrina Wasilewski downed the North Johnston senior duo of Lanie Headley-Abby Morris 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Hayes-Wasilewski knocked off teammates Savannah Barberio-Brianna Hale 6-2, 6-3 while Headley-Morris earned its spot in the final with a 7-6(3), 7-5 triumph over North Pitt’s Abigayle Culler-Charnay Brown.

The Lady Panther duo was on the losing end of another tight match for third place as Barberio-Hale emerged a 7-6(5), 7-6(4) victor.

Bohunska, who didn’t lose a game in four matches, breezed past junior teammate Maria Teural 6-0, 6-0 in one semifinal while Benedict dispatched Olivia Gachuz 6-1, 6-3 in the other. Teural beat Gachuz 8-1 in the third-place match, which coaches decided to make a pro set because of impending darkness.

All four singles and doubles semifinalists will compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East Regional tournament at Greene Central next week. Greene Central was originally the site of the EPC tourney but coaches elected to move the last two rounds to Beddingfield due to rain.

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