There was nothing new in the Bishop England-Waccamaw boys tennis rivalry this spring.
For the 11th straight season, perennial state power Waccamaw ended the Bishops’ season in the state playoffs as the Warriors (13-3) cruised to a 5-0 victory Thursday afternoon at Pawleys Island in the Lower State Class AA final.
Only junior Lukas Zalesky managed to win a set for the Bishops (13-4), but Waccamaw eighth-grader Paul Hendrix took the third-set tiebreaker for a 7-5, 3-6, 10-4 victory at No. 1 singles.
“I feel good about the year. We had a good season,” said first-year BE boys coach Kristin Fleming, whose girls team has won two straight state titles. “We just came up short.
“They (Waccamaw) are a tough team. I knew they were strong and that we would have to play extremely well to have a chance.”
With the Bishops only losing No. 3 Jack Roberts and No. 5 Tristan Fletcher to graduation, Fleming is looking forward to next season. “I feel comfortable with the team we have coming back,” she said.
WACCAMAW 5, BISHOP ENGLAND 0
SINGLES: Paul Hendrix (W) def. Lukas Zalesky, 7-5, 3-6, 10-4; Justin Dunn (W) def. Noak Stiepel, 6-4, 6-2; Matt Fisher (W) def. Jack Roberts, 6-2, 6-3; Joey Hewes (W) def. Jeff Jones, 6-1, 6-1; Alex Czechner (W) def. Tristan Fletcher, 6-2, 7-5.