Lady Seahawks suffer 4-3 loss in state title match

mbgtennis-smashThe Myrtle Beach High girls tennis team came one step short of reaching their ultimate goal of a Class 3A state championship.

The top-ranked Lady Seahawks (23-2) suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat at the hands of Travelers Rest in Saturday’s Class 3A state championship in Cayce.

It was just the second loss of the season and the first to a Class 3A foe, preventing Myrtle Beach from capturing its 15th state championship in girls tennis.

Travelers Rest, which boasts two of the top junior players in the state, proved it as No. 1 singles McKenna Jones and No. 2 Sara McBride defeating Myrtle Beach’s 1-2 punch of Rachel Berkey and Jessie Dumas in straight sets. The Lady Seahawks took the rest of the singles matches with wins by No. 3 Bailey Deskins, No. 4 Emma Springs and No. 5 Paxton Gentry.

But Travelers Rest took both doubles matches, with Jones teaming up with Emma Reaney to down Berkey and Dumas in No. 1 pairs and McBride joining forces with Meade English to defeat Carolyn Gore and Catherine Truluck at No. 2, giving Travelers Rest the needed four matches to claim the state crown.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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