Lady Seahawks hope state title marks dynasty’s return

mbtennis-celebWhen the Myrtle Beach High girls tennis team clinched the Class 3A state championship on Saturday, it was more than just a victory celebration. The Lady Seahawks hope it also signals a return to the glory days for the state powerhouse program.

The Lady Seahawks broke into a wild celebration when the No. 2 doubles team of Catherine Truluck and Katherine Woodard stepped in to finish off the competition and secure a 4-2 win over Chapin. It’s a moment the Lady Seahawks wouldn’t mind reliving in the coming years.

“It was such a great feeling,” Woodard said. “We had a close match in doubles but we ended up pulling it out and winning, not knowing that was the winning game for the match.”

With the doubles victory, Myrtle Beach captured its 15th state title, but it was the program’s first since 2005. Now that the nine-year drought is over, the Lady Seahawks believe this team can bring back the dynasty days for years to come.

“I felt it was a great experience and I am proud of how hard our team worked this year for the season,” said No. 4 singles player and Bailey Deskins, one of three freshman starters. “I am looking forward to hopefully having a successful one next year.”

Fourth-year coach Jerri Himmelsbach, who was named the Class 3A Coach of the Year for her enthusiasm on the courts and dedication to her players, has proven to make a perfect combination with the young players. She led Myrtle Beach to the state final last year and had them focus on taking the next step this season.

“These girls really worked hard,” Himmelsbach said at Wednesday’s ceremony honoring the team. “We are so proud of them.”

Photo by Rancier Photography

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