DUBLIN — West Bladen will once again be represented at the state Class 2-A Mid-East Regional tennis tournament, when Alanna Ludlum and Amber Long compete on Friday in Goldsboro.
Ludlum, who finished 13-5 overall and 8-0 in the conference as the Lady Knights’ No. 1 singles player, and Long, who was also 13-5 overall as the Lady Knights’ No. 2 singles player, also teamed up to finish 14-2 overall and 8-0 in the conference as the No. 1 doubles team.
After winning the Four County Conference doubles championship on Wednesday in Clinton, Ludlum and Long will compete in the doubles portion of the regional — and will be tested right off.
“I feel the Mid-East is a whole lot tougher then the East region,” said West Bladen coach Jeff Atkinson.”I know the region is loaded again with teams like School of Science & Math and others. I just hope we get lucky and maybe get a good draw in the first round.”
Atkinson said Ludlum and Long, both juniors at West Bladen, have been playing really well lately.
“But they have got to be more consistent with their strokes and work on angles and placement in doubles,” he said. “They do seem to work good together and that is important in playing doubles. It will be a good experience for them.”
The trip to the Mid-East Regional will be the first for Ludlum and Long. Last season, Ludlum was 10-4 overall at No. 3 singles and teamed up with Madison Staton to finish 13-1 at No. 2 doubles; Amber Long was 12-2 at No. 4 singles, but did not play doubles last season.
The Lady Knights finished in second place in the Four County Conference this season — 12-6 overall and 6-2 in the conference.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.