Tennis: St. James reaches second round for first time

sjgtennis-forehandWhile the St. James girls golf team was making waves with its first state championship earlier this week, the Lady Sharks tennis team made a little program history of their own.

The No. 3-seeded Lady Sharks defeated No. 2-seeded Darlington 4-2 on its home court Thursday to advance to the second round of the Class 3A girls state tennis tournament for the first time in the school’s 11-year tenure.

St. James wasn’t the only Grand Strand team to cruise into the second round. Top-seeded Myrtle Beach (Region 7-3A) drew a first-round bye and Socastee (Region 6-4A) got past Ridge View to advance to Tuesday’s second round.

No. 1 singles Anna Brice Cox, No. 2 Joy Renfrow, No. 3 Kristian Case, No. 4 Nicole Mortel, No. 5 Charlotte Gaspers, and No. 2 doubles partners Marie Benedetti and Hannah Beam won their matches to make it a clean sweep for Socastee.

Carolina Forest suffered a 6-0 loss to Bluffton and Conway was swept 6-0 by Summerville on Wednesday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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