Myrtle Beach tops Berkeley to advance to state finals

mbgtennis-berkeyls (2)The Myrtle Beach High girls tennis team is returning to the rarified air that has been the hallmark of the school until recent years.

The Lady Seahawks (23-1) defeated Berkeley 5-1 on Wednesday at Myrtle Beach Tennis Center in the Lower State Finals to advance to the Class 3A state championship for the first time since 2007.

Myrtle Beach, which ended Hilton Head Island’s string of six straight state titles, now looks to return to the glory days of the program when state championships were the norm.

The Lady Seahawks won 13 state championships from 1990-2006 before falling in the state finals to JL Mann in 2007. Hilton Head had represented the Lower State ever since, but now it’s once again Myrtle Beach’s time to shine.

Myrtle Beach will face the winner the Upper State Finals between AC Flora and Travelers Rest at noon Saturday in Cayce.

Myrtle Beach is led by No. 1 singles Rachel Berkey, No. 2 Jessie Dumas, No. 3 Bailey Deskins, No. 4 Emma Springs, No. 5 Paxton Gentry and the No. 2 doubles team of Carolyn Gore and Catherine Truluck.

Photo by Joel Beachum, Carolina Clicks Photos

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