Myrtle Beach tops Hartsville to set up Wilson rematch

The Myrtle Beach girls tennis team rolled past Hartsville 6-1 in Thirsday’s opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs, setting up a rematch with region runner-up Wilson in the second round.

The Lady Seahawks (14-3) swept the top four singles matches and both doubles matches to knock off the Lady Red Foxes. In the other bracket, Wilson defeated Darlington to force a rematch of last week’s region title-deciding showdown in Florence. The next match will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Myrtle Beach Tennis Center.

“We’re playing good tennis right now and I hope it continues,” said Myrtle Beach coach Jerri Himmelsbach. “All the girls are playing with a lot of confidence and it’s a good time of year to have that mindset.”

Myrtle Beach No. 1 singles Jessi Dumas defeated Carly Phillips 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 Rachel Berkey beat Ashley Atkinson 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 Emma Springs downed Lindsey Godwin 6-3, 6-2; and No. 4 Carolyn Gore defeated Emily Light 6-1, 6-1. Hartsville’s No. 5 Savannah Wilhelm scored its only win, 6-2, 6-4 over Elisabeth Spielvogel.

In doubles, Dumas and Berkey teamed up to defeat Phillips and Atkinson 8-0 in a pro set, and No. 2 Katherine Truluck and Catharine Woodard ousted Hannah Strickland and Tori Cloutherty 6-3, 6-0.

Myrtle Beach beat Wilson 6-0 last week to win the region, the only fall sports team in the school to accomplish that feat this season. Wilson edged Socastee for the final playoff spot by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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