Lady Panthers net playoff spot by beating Conway

The Carolina Forest girls tennis team captured a berth in the Class 4A playoffs with Tuesday’s win Over rival Conway.

The Lady Panthers secured the postseason spot with a convincing 5-1 victory over the visiting Lady Tigers in their final regular season match, providing a great sendoff for seniors Lydia Gouhin and Maddie Jones. Both posted straight set victories.

The Lady Panthers will represent Region 6-4A as the third seed in the playoffs after finishing the with a 4-4 regional record. They will travel to face state power Lexington on Tuesday.

“Our success came from great attitudes, focused practices and commitment to teamwork,” said second-year Carolina Forest coach Mark Gouhin. “I’m very proud of our accomplishments.”

Singles:

#1 Hitomi Kobayashi (CF) lost to Victoria Smith (C) 1-6, 6-4, 0-1 (1-10)

#2 Lydia Gouhin (CF)* defeated Jessie Miles (C) 6-3, 6-1

#3 Jaden Nye (CF)* defeated Tori Worley (C) 6-3, 6-1

#4 Eva Vandoros (CF)* defeated Alexis McNeill (C) 6-4, 6-2

#5 Maddie Jones (CF)* defeated Hailey Cassidy (C) 6-3, 7-5

* Jalah Horton (CF)* defeated Lee Caroline Sanders (C) 8-0

Doubles:

#2 Drew Limpasuvan and Sophia Gouhin (CF)* defeated Julia Hagerud and
Emily Newman (C) 6-0, 6-0

* Rachel Turbeville and Janell Horton (CF)* defeated Logan Larrimore and
Jentry Ward (C) 8-2

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