Tennis: MB, Socastee roll in opening round of playoffs

mbgtennis-gentryDespite a long layoff forced by Hurricane Matthew, the Myrtle Beach High girls tennis team showed they are ready to make a run at another state championship by rolling in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs on Wednesday.

Not only did the top-seeded Lady Seahawks score a 6-0 sweep over visiting Lower Richland, they also won every match by perfect 6-0, 6-0 scores except for one.

Myrtle Beach’s No. 1 singles players Emma Springs won her match 6-0, 6-1, while teammates like No. 2 Bailey Deskins, No. 3 Paxton Gentry, No. 4 Covington Callihan and No. 5 Sarah Woodard ran the table on their matches. So did No. 2 singles players Anna Grace Jordan and Janell Horton.

Myrtle Beach advances to Monday’s second round against the winner of Beaufort and Lugoff-Elgin.

* Socastee 5, Irmo 1: The top-seeded Lady Braves knocked off visiting Irmo in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs, advancing to face Summerville in the second round on Monday.

Socastee’s No. 1 singles Anna Brice and No. 3 Marie Benedetti won their matches in straight sets but the other three were hotly contested. No. 2 Joy Renfrow and No. 5 Kristian Case won via third-set tiebreakers, while No. 4 Nicole Mortel lost a close contest. No. 2 doubles Hannah Beem and Kyndal Hodge won the first set 6-0 before the match was retired.

* Blythewood 6, Carolina Forest 0: The third-seeded Lady Panthers were knocked out in the first round by Blythewood.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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