Athlete of the Week: Cox caps stellar tennis career

Socastee High senior tennis standout Anna Brice Cox was recently voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week, but it very easily could be the Lifetime Achievement Award. In the final rounds of her stellar six-year high school career as Socastee’s No. 1 singles player, Cox is leaving the Lady Braves’ program far better than she found it.

“It’s kind of hard to believe it’s been six years but I have really enjoyed it,” said Cox, who leads the Lady Braves into the second round of the Class 5A playoffs today. “We had Senior Night the other night and my parents had a cookout for the team. That was when it kind of hit me that it’s almost over and how much I am going to miss it.”

Not as bad as the Lady Braves are going to miss Cox at No. 1 singles, a position she has held for all six years of her high school career. Her regular-season record during that span is an astounding 105-6 while playing against the top player from the other team each time out. She has also served as a stalwart at the No. 1 doubles spot, and as a bit of an assistant coach as a senior leader.

“Anna Brice is an example of what many years of hard work can do for a player,” said Socastee coach Jason Williams, whose top-seeded Lady Braves enter second-round play today. “She set the bar for the other girls to climb. She will definitely be missed next year.”

Cox has decreased her junior tennis tournament schedule to focus on her final season of high school play, in part because of her enjoyment of the team environment over individual play. She hopes to go out on top in both the team and individual state tournaments in the coming days, but can leave Socastee knowing she made a major contribution no matter how things turn out.

“It’s fun to win and I love to win every time I play, but it’s even more fun for me when the whole team wins,” said Cox, who recently helped the Lady Braves nail down their fourth straight season of winning at least a share of the region title. “I’ve made so many great friends and great memories through tennis that I will never forget.”

Rather than trying to relive her high school experience, Cox is ready to turn the page to a new chapter at the next level. She plans to pass up the chance to play collegiately to become a normal college student majoring in communications or business, perhaps at Clemson. She does plan to continue in the sport at the club level, and the rest of her life.

“It’s a great sport and I will always play, but it’s all I’ve ever done,” said Cox, who first picked up a tennis racket at the age of 4. “Playing a college sport is great but it’s almost like a full-time job. I want to focus on school and enjoy the experience. That’s another reason I want to finish up strong. I believe we can do it.”

Photo by Joel Beachum

Strand sends record-tying four seniors to Shrine Bowl

Strand sends record-tying four seniors to Shrine Bowl Horry County has had an on-again, mostly off-again relationship with [more]

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeateds

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeatedsJon "JJ" Jones returned to his old stomping grounds at [more]

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat Braves

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat BravesSt. James traveled to Prestwick Country Club on Wednesday to [more]

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyball

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyballThe reigning Class 4A state champion North Myrtle Beach High [more]

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former school

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former schoolMyrtle Beach football player J.J. Jones has been cleared to [more]

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loop

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loopDespite Hurricane Dorian costing Horry County Schools a week of [more]

Chants capture historic victory over Jayhawks

Chants capture historic victory over JayhawksCoastal Carolina football recorded its first-ever win over a Power [more]

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls Like it did after last year’s state championship games, Horry [more]

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports schedule

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports scheduleHurricane Dorian is not expected to make landfall on the [more]

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup title

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup titleCoach R.J. Bass wanted a strong early test for his [more]

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers opened their season the same way [more]

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openers

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openersTommy Norwood tried to nix the Gatorade bath. He raised [more]

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootout

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootoutWilliam Welch (West Islip, N.Y.) shot a net 69 (gross [more]

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-match

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-matchThe Carolina Forest girls golf team made a strong showing [more]

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by Warriors

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by WarriorsThe Palmetto State made a strong showing in the Border [more]

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World Am

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World AmBeautiful weather greeted the 3,215 golfers participating in the 36th [more]

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champs

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champsTwo Coast FA boys teams returned home as champions from [more]

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at horn

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at hornMatt Reel sighed more than once when talking about his [more]

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs The distance from Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley [more]

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bid

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bidThe only thing harder than winning a state championship is [more]

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff Classic

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff ClassicTwo blowouts, a lightning delay and ultimately three of the [more]

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outing

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outingFive Coast FA boys teams entered the Charlotte Invitational over [more]

Hemingway follows family, teammates to Gamecocks

Hemingway follows family, teammates to GamecocksSix minutes after his youngest child had announced his college [more]

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country season

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country seasonBuilding on the success of the track and field season, [more]

Strand sends record-tying four seniors to Shrine Bowl

Strand sends record-tying four seniors to Shrine Bowl Horry County has had an on-again, mostly off-again relationship with [more]

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach