Old rivals Bishop England and Waccamaw are on schedule to extend their combined streak of 10 straight High School League Class AA state girls tennis titles as they meet in Wednesday’s Lower State final at 4:30 p.m. at Creekside Tennis and Swim.
The winner will advance to Saturday’s noon state championship match at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.
The Bishops and Warriors have split the last 10 state titles evenly, although coach Kristin Fleming’s once-beaten BE girls have won the last two state titles and are favored again. Bishop England scored a 5-1 preseason victory over Waccamaw, the same score the Bishops defeated Waccamaw by in last year’s Lower State title match. Tolley Rice and Sarah Elliott, Waccamaw’s top two players a year ago, are now playing college tennis for Elon and Coker College.
Bishop England and Waccamaw have won 15 of the last 16 state titles, with the Bishops capturing 10 of them. Overall, the Bishops have won 17 state girls tennis titles.
“We’re ready to play,” said former Bishop England star Fleming.
Led by seniors Liza Arruda and Caroline Yodice, the Bishops scored a 6-1 win over Academic Magnet on Monday. Waccamaw defeated Aynor, 5-1, in another state quarterfinal.
Berkeley at MBSeniors Kristin Farmer and Jill Funk, and junior Elliott Huxford, who have combined for 17 years of starting for Berkeley, have carried the Stags to new heights. On Wednesday at 5 p.m., the Stags (18-3) will challenge Myrtle Be
Myrtle Beach ended Hilton Head High’s six-year Class AAA state dominance on Monday with a 5-1 upset. Tenth-year coach Joe Harnage’s Berkeley team posted a 4-3 win over Wilson as Nos. 1-3 Farmer, Huxford and Funk won at singles to set up the No. 1 Farmer/Huxford doubles team for the victory. Two of Berkeley’s three losses were to Hilton Head.