Seahawks, Saints advance in Bishop England tourney

Two local girls tennis teams won first-round matches in the Bishop England Fall Invitational on Saturday in Charleston.

Myrtle Beach remained undefeated on the season with a 4-2 victory over Dutch Fork, while Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach scored a 4-3 win over Summerville.

The Lady Seahawks’ top two singles players – No. 1 Rachel Berkey and No. 2 Jessie Dumas – suffered their first losses of the season. But Myrtle Beach ran the table in the rest of the singles matches, with No. 3 Bailey Deskins, No. 4 Emma Springs and No. 5 Paxton Gentry earning straight-sets wins.

The doubles team of Carolyn Gore and Catherine Truluck clinched the match in a third-set tiebreaker, 7-6, 3-6, 10-6, to lead the Lady Seahawks into Sunday’s semifinals.

CAMB’s No. 1 singles player Tahtianna Harrelson and No. 3 Grace Houghton won their individual matches in straight sets, then teamed up to win a doubles pro set. No. 5 Chloe Parker’s victory also contributed to the win as the Lady Saints advance to the semifinals.

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