Berkeley’s Kristen Farmer closed out her senior year of tennis with a 19-2 singles record Wednesday night, but the Stags (18-4) suffered a 5-1 loss to powerful Myrtle Beach (23-1) in the High School League Class AAA Lower State final in a match played at Myrtle Beach.
Other than Farmer’s 6-1, 6-2 win over Rachel Berkey at No. 1, the Stags didn’t win a set as Myrtle Beach easily advanced to Saturday’s state championship match.
The Stags won six games in each of the last three singles positions, but Myrtle Beach’s experience came through in the clutch.
“The girls played well, and Kristin had a great finish to her career,” veteran Berkeley coach Joe Harnage said about Farmer, who has been the Stags’ No. 1 player for six years.
MYRTLE BEACH 5, BERKELEY 1
SINGLES: Kristin Farmer (B) def. Rachel Berkey (MB), 6-1, 6-2; Jessie Dumas (MB) def. Elliott Huxford (B), 6-1, 6-3; Bailey Deskins (MB) def. Jill Funk (B), 6-3, 6-3; Emma Springs (MB) def. Caroline Lamprecht (B), 6-1, 7-5; Paxton Gentry (MB) def. Camren Tebber (B), 7-5, 6-1.
DOUBLES: Carolyn Gore/Catherine Truluck (MB) def. Lauren Jackson/Emma Futrell (B), 6-0, 6-0.
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