Socastee’s Gresko finishes 4th at state singles tourney

The Socastee High girls tennis team was robbed of a playoff spot in the Class 3A state tournament by a complex three-way tiebreaker, but No. 1 singles player Rachel Gresko made up for it with a strong showing at the Class 3A/4A individual championships over the weekend.

Despite going 13-1 on the season, including a win over region champion Myrtle Beach, the Lady Braves were left off of the postseason after they tied the Lady Seahawks and Wilson for first place at 3-1 in region play. Myrtle Beach got the No. 1 seed by total sets, but because Socastee’s lone loss came to Wilson, the Lady Tigers took the second playoff spot.

That meant a premature end to the Lady Braves’ season, but Gresko earned a spot in the state singles tournament. The sophomore captured fourth place in the 32-person tourney, winning her first three matches on Friday before running into the No. 1 seed in Saturday’s semifinals.

Gresko went a perfect 13-0 at No. 1 singles for Socastee in the regular season and also has an impressive career in juniors tennis. She advanced to the quarterfinals of last week’s prestigious Bullfrog USTA Southern Regionals in Hilton Head.

Myrtle Beach’s Jessie Dumas won her first-round match before being knocked out in the round of 16.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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