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Teen's effort to make RBC Bank Women's Challenger field ends

Teenager Lauren Herring's bid to gain a spot in RBC Bank Women’s
Challenger, the professional tennis tournament, in Raleigh this week
ended in the second round of qualifying on Monday.

The 16-year-old from Greenville made a challenge but was eliminated in
three sets by Tiffany Welford of Australia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, on the clay
courts at the North Hills Club.

Another area contender will make her debut today. Green Hope High
School junior Melissa Kandinata, 15, who is the local wild-card
recipient in the main draw, will play in her first-round match at 1
p.m. against Tetiana Luzhanska of Ukraine.

Tennis players can learn by watching the pros this week in Raleigh

Recreational tennis players who learn by watching get a great chance to
pick up some tips watching an international field of Women's Tennis
Association players this week as the USTA Pro Circuit's RBC Bank Women’s Challenger is played at the North Hills Club.

Lauren Herring of Greenville is among 32 players trying to play their
way into the $50,000 pro event. Herring took the first step toward
qualifying for the 32-player main singles draw when she won her
first-round qualifying match Sunday in Raleigh.

Herring defeated fellow American Elizabeth Ferris 6-0 6-3 on the clay
courts at the North Raleigh tennis facility, where the main tournament
starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Greenville's Herring shares doubles title at Easter Bowl tennis championships

Lauren Herring didn't win the singles title, but she does go home with a championship from the Easter Bowl.

The Greenville tennis player and her playing partner took the girls 18s
doubles championship during the  43rd annual Eastern Bowl Junior Spring
National Championships which wrapped up a one-week run this past
weekend at Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The top-seeded duo of Herring and Grace Min of Lawrenceville, Ga.,
defeated sixth-seeded Courtney Dolehide of Hinsdale, Ill., and Ellen
Tsay of Pleasanton, Calif., 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday's ITF girls 18s
championship match.

Herring is ousted in Easter Bowl singles, advances in doubles

This one went to the other Lauren.

In a matchup of rival Laurens, top-seeded Lauren Davis of Gates Mills,
Ohio, defeated ninth-seeded Lauren Herring of Greenville 6-1, 6-4 on
Thursday in the girls 18s quarterfinals of the 43rd Easter Bowl Junior
Spring National Championships.

Herring remains in contention for a championship, however.

Greenville's Herring advances at USTA junior tennis tournament

Lauren Herring of Greenville on Wednesday advanced to the round of 16
in the girls 18s division of the sixth annual U.S. Tennis Association
Spring International Championships being played at the Home Depot
Center in Carson, Calif.

Seeded No. 12, Herring advanced with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Jade Frampton on Wednesday, according to an event news release.

Herring, who is considering Georgia, North Carolina and UCLA among her
college choices, also is part of the top-seeded doubles team with Grace
Min of Lawrenceville, Ga. The pair won their first-round match on
Wednesday, 6-4, 6-2.

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