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KENLY — It hasn’t been slow necessarily, but the ascension of Beddingfield High junior Annie Greene in the Lady Bruins’ tennis program has been the story of incremental progress.
The pages to that book hit a career highlight Wednesday in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference singles tournament at North Johnston High.
As the top seed in the singles draw, Greene captured a quartet of matches Wednesday to give the Lady Bruins their second straight conference singles champion after Greene defeated North Johnston junior Alexia Dixon 6-0, 7-5 in the championship round.
Each match, with the exception of the final, was contested in eight-game pro-sets.
Greene started her Beddingfield career as an exhibition player before moving to the No. 5 position as a sophomore. She took over the No. 2 position for the Lady Bruins this fall and became a strong contender for the singles crown after North Johnston elected to send the tandem of Arial Pearce-Samantha Davis into the doubles draw.
“I feel really, really good about it,” Greene said in a telephone interview Wednesday night. “I was feeling pretty confident. I was cutting it pretty close there at the end with the girl from North Johnston, but I pulled out the win using my lob shot and cross-court.”
Pearce-Davis defeated the Beddingfield duo of Christmas Haynesworth-Anna Gardner 6-1, 6-3 in the EPC doubles final.
The Lady Bruins also qualified senior Cynthia Milan for regional play in singles after she reached the semifinals, falling 8-4 to Dixon in the semifinals.
For North Johnston, Mayelly Oliveros-Ashley Bunn qualified for regional doubles play after winning their quarterfinal encounter.
SouthWest Edgecombe will be represented in regional competition by junior Reagan Webb and senior Emma Rogers after the duo reached the semifinal, falling to Haynesworth-Gardner 8-5 in that round.