Tennis Wrapup: MB tops SJ, closes in on region repeat

The Myrtle Beach High girls tennis team all but clinched a repeat region championship on Thursday by sweeping the Lady Sharks.

The Lady Seahawks (16-1 overall, 8-0 Region 7-3A) got 6-0, 6-0 singles victories from No. 1 Rachel Berkey, No. 4 Emma Springs and No. 5 Carolyn Gore. No. 2 Jessie Dumas prevailed by a 6-2, 6-1 score while No. 3 Bailey Deskins won 6-0, 6-1.

Deskins and Springs teamed up to win No. 1 doubles in an 8-3 pro set, and Catherine Truluck and Jessie Baker took No. 2 doubles by a 6-1, 6-1 score.

The Lady Seahawks, whose only loss came in the finals of the Bishop England Fall Invitational to the tournament hosts, can wrap up the region title Tuesday at Georgetown. They close out the regular season at home Thursday against North Myrtle Beach.

* Carolina Forest 5, South Florence 1: The Lady Panthers (3-8, 3-2) scored a key region victory over the Lady Knights to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Carolina Forest’s lone loss came at No. 1 singles, with Hitomi Kobayashi suffering a tough 3-6, 6-4, 14-12 tiebreaker defeat to Alicia Fischer.

But Nos. 2-5 singles teammates Lydia Gouhin, Jaden Nye, Eva Vandoros and Maddie Jones won their matches in straight sets and Drew Limpasuvan and Sophia Gouhin did the same at No. 2 doubles to close out the win.

The Lady Panthers return to region action Tuesday against visiting Sumter.

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