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Holscher advances to semi-finals

Pam Pack senior Mary Emma Holscher advanced to the 1A tennis state semi-finals with a pair of victories Friday at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.

Holscher won the East regional at Greene Central High School last weekend to advance to her second straight state tournament.

She lost her opening match last year and was eliminated, but finished this season as the undefeated Eastern Carolina 2A Conference champion and tacked on three more wins in the regional to enter state play 12-0.

Holscher advanced in the winner take all first round with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over her Lake Norman Charter opponent, then battled back from a 6-1 first set loss to defeat Lucy Bovard of Mount Pleasant HS, 7-6 (7-1) and 6-1 to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.

“Mary Emma really had to battle back in that second set,” coach Miranda Whitley said. “She stayed focused and made her shots. We’re excited about tomorrow’s matches.”

Holscher plays Alexis Wolgemuth from Foard HS in Newton in the semi-finals at 9 a.m.