Lady Seahawks win wild opener over Summerville

While a loud crowd was cheering at the nearby Myrtle Beach High football game, they were missing out on a similarly wild tennis match. But unlike the crazy finish on the football field, the Lady Seahawks came out on top in their season opener against fellow state power Summerville.

Myrtle Beach scored a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Lady Green Wave in a showdown that saw four of the seven matches go to third-set tiebreakers. The two teams split those matches but the Lady Seahawks got key straight-set wins by Nos. 1 and 2 singles players Bailey Deskins (6-3, 6-2) and Paxton Gentry (6-1, 6-3). The duo later teamed up to win No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-2 to account for three of the needed four matches.

Myrtle Beach’s Nos. 3 and 4 singles Carrington Callihan (2-6, 6-4, 12-10) and Janell Horton (6-2, 5-7, 10-8) lost in tough third-set tiebreakers, but No. 5 Jalah Horton (6-3, 3-6, 10-8) battled back to take her match and give the Lady Seahawks a 3-2 edge in singles play.

Cassidy Friend and Carly Starnes lost their No. 2 tight doubles match (2-6, 6-3, 10-8).

Myrtle Beach travels to face rival Socastee on Tuesday.

Photo by Terry Massey

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