Socastee comes back, wins battle of unbeatens over MB

Tuesday’s battle of the tennis unbeatens between Myrtle Beach and Socastee was even tighter than expected, with the key region showdown taking more than 3 1/2 hours to decide.

With the marathon matchup tied at 3-all, it all came down to the No. 1 doubles match between Myrtle Beach’s Jessie Dumas and Carolyn Gore and Socastee’s Rachel Gresko and Anna Brice-Cox.

Gresko and Brice-Cox battled to a 6-4, 6-4 win under the lights at the Myrtle Beach Tennis Center to give the Lady Braves (9-0 overall, 3-0 Region VIII-AAA) a critical 4-3 victory over the Lady Seahawks (7-1, 1-1).

The match was nearly decided an hour before the deciding doubles match, with the Lady Seahawks holding a 3-1 advantage and two singles matches requiring tiebreakers to decide. If either match had broken Myrtle Beach’s way, the match would have been over.

But Socastee’s No. 3 singles Jordan Wesel scored a 5-7, 6-1, 10-5 victory over Emma Springs and Olivia Patton scored the final three tiebreaker points to complete a 7-5, 6-7, 10-8 win over Carolyn Gore. That forced the deciding doubles match.

Gresko scored Socastee’s other victory with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dumas at No. 1 singles, but the Lady Braves trailed 3-1 and were one loss away from elimination before Wesel and Patton won their matches and she and Brice-Cox teamed up to complete the comeback.

Myrtle Beach’s wins came from No. 2 singles Rachel Berkey’s 6-3, 6-3 victory over Brice-Cox, No. 5 Bailey Deskins’ 6-4, 6-2 win over Ashlyn Burns and No. 2 doubles partners Catherine Truluck and Katherine Woodard’s 6-4, 6-2 victory over Haley Duvall and Sydney Presley.

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