Tennis: MB, SJ, Socastee cruise in playoff openers

mbtennis-sjThe Myrtle Beach High boys tennis team rolled through the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs on Tuesaday with a 5-1 win over Airport at the Myrtle Beach Tennis Center.

The Seahawks won all five matches in straight sets and their lone loss came in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 5 singles. Airport’s Chris Noel provided the Falcons with their only win in a 6-1, 5-7, 10-8 marathon over Milan Paudel.

Myrtle Beach made quick work of Airport in the other matches (see scores below). The Seahawks will travel to Hilton Head on Thursday in hopes of upsetting the defending state champions.

Individual Scores

#1 Isaac Giddens (MB) d. Jacob Watts 6-2 6-1
#2 John Ed Cahill (MB) d. Ben Elbrecht 6-3 6-3
#3 Josh Wallen (MB) d. Jeremy Best 6-2 6-2
#4 Corbin Duerk (MB) d. Alex Poovey 6-1 6-0
#5 Chris Noel (APHS) d.Milan Paudel 6-1 5-7(4) 10-8(3rd set tiebreaker)

Doubles

#2 Grant Singleton/Blake Long (MB) d. Jeffery Green/Hunter Lawhorn 6-1 6-2

* St. James 6, Aiken 0: The Sharks swept throught their first round match at second-seeded Aiken.

* Socastee 6, Irmo 0: The Braves rolled in their Class 4A playoff opener against visiting Irmo.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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