Myrtle Beach tops Wilson, makes Lower State Finals

The last meeting with region rival Wilson was just 13 days ago, so the second-round playoff opponent for Myrtle Beach was a familiar foe at home on Tuesday.

For Myrtle Beach girls tennis coach Jerri Himmelsbach, she challenged her players to take it just as another match, not as a Region 7-3A rival. The strategy paid off in a 4-2 victory and a bid to the Lower State Championships.

“We just pretended like we hadn’t played them before. That was a plan against them tonight,” said Himmelsbach after the win. “I told the girls to just pretend like you don’t know who they are. I know that anyone can rise up on any day. Our number one player (Jessie Dumas) had the flu, so that affected her play. The bottom line is that we came out ahead today.”

The temperature played a little bit of a factor on Tuesday with it dropping below 55 degrees by match time. There were also still some windy conditions from the after effects of (at one point – Hurricane Sandy).

Conditions were favorable for a high-pressure set of services from the high-flying Lady Seahawks (15-3), who started with four out of five singles victories. Myrtle Beach clinched the victory after the No. 2 doubles team of Catherine Truluck and Katherine Woodard defeated Sanjana Beeraka and Meghan Garner, 6-2, 6-2.

In singles competition, Whitney Timmons (WHS) got by Dumas (MB) by a final of 6-1, 6-2; Rachel Berkey (MB) garnered a 6-1, 6-0 win past Angelica Om (WHS); Emma Springs (MB) collected her eighth victory in a row in singles defeating Maggie Meggs (WHS), 6-0, 6-3; Carolyn Gore (MB) lost to Mallorie Gainey (WHS), 6-2, 4-6 and 8-10; and Elisabeth Spielvogel (MB) won 6-2, 6-1 over Nikita Jona (WHS).

Next up for Myrtle Beach is a trip to Hilton Head Island on Thursday for a 5 p.m. match for the Lower State Championship.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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