Tennis: Socastee, CF net wins before region debuts

socten-pinkThe Socastee High girls tennis team won its third consecutive match to improve to 3-1 on the season by sweeping rival St. James 7-0 on Tuesday.

Socastee’s No. 1 singles player Anna Brice Cox, No. 2 Joy Renfrow, No. 3 Marie Benedetti, No. 4 Nicole Martel, and No. 5 Kristian Case all won in straight sets, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Hannah Beem and Kyndal Hodge. Cox and Renfrow teamed up to win a pro set in No. 1 doubles to complete the sweep.

“I was really proud of the team. We came out focused and ready to play and it paid off for us,” Renfrow said. “We are getting better every practice and every match and I think it will be a good season for us.”

The Lady Braves open region play Wednesday against Sumter.

* Carolina Forest 4, Aynor 3: The Lady Panthers battled to a victory over the Lady Blue Jackets in an intense match that featured three third-set tiebreakers in the five singles matches.

Carolina Forest’s No. 1 Hitomi Kobayashi rallied to win 1-6, 6-0, 1-0 (4), No. 4 Sophia Gouhin won a close match by a 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (9) score, and No. 5 Sara Nibar suffered a 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (3).

The Lady Panthers lost both doubles matches but got straight-set victories from No. 2 Drew Limpasuvan 6-3, 6-1 and No. 3 Jaden Nye 6-4, 6-4 to give Carolina Forest a hard-earned win.

“Great performance from our top four singles players. All got wins in some hard-fought battles,” said Carolina Forest coach Mark Schminke. “It was a good chance to see how the ladies perform under pressure and to also figure out what we need to work on.”

The Lady Panthers open region play Thursday against West Florence.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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