Some things seem to never change. As usual, Bishop England (20-4) and Waccamaw (10-3) will collide again today in the High School League’s Class AA Lower State girls tennis final.
Match time is 4:30 p.m. at Mount Pleasant’s LTP Tennis.
A year ago, the Bishops suffered losses to Waccamaw’s Tolley Rice and Sarah Elliott at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, but won the other five matches in the Lower State final. Coach Kristin Fleming’s Bishop England team used that victory to propel it to the state championship.
Seniors Rice and Elliott are back, but the Bishops have their top four players from a year ago. The Bishops have excellent depth with junior Liza Arruda and senior Kellie McManus leading the way in the top two positions, and juniors Caroline Yodice and Hannah Simpson at Nos. 3 and 4. Emma Schaafsma has moved up from No. 2 doubles to No. 5 singles.
“Anything can happen in the playoffs,” said Fleming, whose team has lived up to its top seed in the Lower State playoffs with 6-0 wins over Barnwell and Aynor. Second-seeded Waccamaw dealt Academic Magnet a 5-1 defeat in Tuesday’s Lower State semifinals.
The winner of today’s match will advance to Saturday’s 10 a.m. Class AA state final at Columbia’s Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.
CPTL final Friday
The Charleston Pro Tennis League will wrap up another season Friday night with its semifinals and finals at Family Circle Tennis Center. The semifinals will start at 6 p.m.
Regular season champion Going Postal, captained by Phil Whitesell, will put its 6-1 record against captain Matt Hane’s fourth-place Eyraud Enterprises, while Bryan Minton’s runner-up LCTA will oppose on Brian Burke’s third-place Hunter Specialties in the other semifinal. The two winners will play for the championship later Friday evening.
The CPTL format, which includes women for the first time, is made up of one singles, two doubles and one mixed doubles. The league uses the fast-moving World Team Tennis format, with the total number of games won determining match winners.
State combo champs
Maybank’s 7.5 adult women and Mount Pleasant Rec’s 8.5 adult men won titles in the recent combo state championships.
The Maybank women, captained by Megan Eddge, scored a 2-1 win over Columbia in the final as the teams of Edge/Genessa Donohue and Molly O’Quinn/Sallie Thomas scored victories. Captain John Fanning’s Mount Pleasant men posted a 2-1 victory over Spartanburg in the final behind victories by the teams of Ryan Sechrist/Jeff Ellington and Tim Sinclair/Zach Hatch.
Snee Farm Grand Prix
Snee Farm’s next Grand Prix is scheduled for Nov. 9-11, with Nov. 7 as the entry deadline. The tournament will feature doubles and mixed doubles. For information, go to www.sneefarmtennis.com.
Reach James Beck at email@example.com. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.