LHS Lady Bruins upbeat about tennis hopes

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The Lancaster Lady Bruins’ tennis team is hoping to develop a solid lineup from top to bottom for the 2012 season.
The LHS girls retrun a solid cast, including three senior standouts at the top of their lineup.
The trio includes Lyndsey Hegler, Sara Hicks and Carley Adams.
Hicks was the team MVP last fall, while Adams earned the Lady Bruins’ Coaches Award.
“The key to the season is consistency among the bottom of the ladder with spots 5-7,” said LHS coach Phil Dewalt, who is in his third season with the Lady Bruins after guiding the team in 2008 and 2009.
Dewalt also coaches the LHS boys team in the spring.
“We have three strong and experienced seniors playing at the top, but they will need the bottom positions to step up to get us over the hump,” Dewalt said. “Our three seniors have been playing since middle school and are focused and excited for their last high school tennis season. Depth could become an issue with only eight players on the roster so there is little margin for injuries.”
The LHS girls have their share of experience in juniors Kadedra Brown and Erica Moses along with sophomores Ivey Plaza and Almudena Torralbo.
Leann Jewell, an eighth grader, is also back for the LHS squad.
Plaza earned the team’s Most Improved Player Award last season.
Torralbo, a foreign exchange student from Spain, is playing tennis for the fourth year and she was a junior champion in Madrid.
Lancaster is facing a new region, with Clover, Fort Mill and Nation Ford among the favorites to battle for the region title.
“Moving to a new region means more competition for playoff spots as well,” Dewalt said. “New region foes this season include Fort Mill, Nation Ford, York and South Pointe.
“The area has several strong No. 1 players, including Kate Stewart of Clover, Katherine White of Rock Hill, Nation Ford’s Ashley Trull and Lancaster High’s Lyndsey Hegler.”
The Lancaster Lady Bruins continued their hot start to the tennis season with a 4-3 region victory at Northwestern High School  on Thursday night in Rock Hill.
The senior trio of Lyndsey Hegler, Sara Hicks, and Carley Adams were responsible for all three of the team’s singles victories. The match that gave the Bruins the overall win was the No. 1 doubles match where Hegler and Hicks prevailed 6-0, 6-3.
Northwestern is traditionally a tough place to play as this was just the Lady Bruins’ second win at NWHS in the past six seasons.
The win pushes the Lady Bruins to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in region play.
Next week’s tennis action sees the Lady Bruins battling region foes York on Tuesday and Fort Mill on Thursday.
Both matches will be played at the USC Lancaster courts.
 Lyndsey Hegler (L) def.  Karlee Fox (N) 6-0, 6-1
Sara Hicks (L) def. Shakindra Alston  (N) 6-0. 6-0
Carley Adams (L) def. Brooke Harrington (N) 6-1, 6-1
Carolyn Rondina (N) def. Ivey Plaza (L) 7-5, 6-0
Julissa Tondall (N) def. Kadedra Brown (L) 6-0, 6-0
Callie Plaxco/Adia Simpkins (N) def. Erica Moses/ Leann Jewell (L) 6-4, 6-3
Lyndsey Hegler/Sara Hicks (L) def. Karlee Fox/Shakindra Fox (N) 6-0, 6-3
Earlier in the week, the LHS girls rolled over county foe Indian Land
Lyndsey Hegler (L) def. Bridget Sampson (IL) 6-0, 6-0
Sara Hicks (L) def. Mary Fargalla IL 6-0, 6-0
Carley Adams (L) def. Alexis Killoran (IL), 6-0, 6-0
Ivey Plaza (L) def. Madison Garris (IL), 6-1, 6-2
Kadedra Brown (L) def. Brianna Garris (IL), 6-0, 6-0
Lyndsey Hegler-Sara Hicks (L) def. Alexis Killoran-Madison Garris (IL), 8-0
Erica Moses-Leann Jewell (L) def. Amy Fernandez-Lauren Sullivan (IL), 6-0, 6-0.