MOUNT PLEASANT -- It's the same old story in Class AA Lower State girls tennis, another Bishop England confrontation with Waccamaw, as the Bishops (18-5) did their part Tuesday at LTP Tennis with a 7-0 romp past outmanned Pelion (9-5) in the state quarterfinals.

Defending state champion Waccamaw completed the setup for Thursday's 4:30 p.m. Lower State final at LTP Tennis with a 5-2 win over visiting Aynor.

Coach Kristin Fleming's BE team yielded a total of only seven games in five singles matches, with sophomore standout Liza Arruba leading the way with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Pelion's Meghan Wilson at No. 1.

"We are ready for Thursday, and I think we have a great chance of winning," Fleming said. "The girls have been working hard to get ready for the Lower State final and I have confidence we can do it."

A year ago, Waccamaw knocked the Bishops out of the Lower State playoffs for the second straight year, the reversal of 2007 and 2008 when then-coach Patricia Owens directed the Bishops to wins over Waccamaw and back-to-back state titles.

"We played very well today," Fleming said about a lineup that didn't include freshman Samantha Shuster at No. 2. "I feel comfortable with the team I had today."

BISHOP ENGLAND 7, PELION 0

Singles: Liza Arruba (BE) def. Meghan Wilson, 6-0, 6-0; Caroline Yodice (BE) def. Ashley Bailey, 6-0, 6-2; Hannah Simpson (BE) def. Katie Stone, 6-2, 6-1; Kelli McManus (BE) def. Stephanie Shirey, 6-0, 6-0; Charlie Gaffney (BE) def. Alex Miller, 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles: Gabby French/Ashlyn Ohlendorf (BE) def. Wilson/Bailey, 9-7; Emma Schaafsma/Hunter St. Laurent (BE) def. Allie Frye/Taylor Braziel, 6-0, 6-0.

Wando tops W. Florence, next faces Lexington

MOUNT PLEASANT -- Nos. 1 and 2 Catherine Martin and Melanie Allen came out at the Wando courts focused on leading the Warriors (17-2) one step closer to a possible return to the top of Class AAAA with a 4-2 win over West Florence (23-3).

Wando next plays Thursday at Lexington, which powered past Beaufort, 5-1.

"We'll work hard tomorrow and get ready for Thursday. For Lexington to beat Beaufort, 5-1, they had to play well," said first-year coach Tyler Davis, whose Wando team topped Beaufort, 4-2, in the regular season.

"We match up well at the top three (with Lexington), and then it's a matter of finding a winner at the bottom."

With junior Martin using her power and strong play to dominate the Knights' Anna Grace Skipper, 6-1, 6-1, and freshman Allen cruising past West Florence senior Laura Jones, 6-1, 6-2, the Warriors took the top four positions in straight sets. Seniors Alex Stein and Caroline Hairfield wrapped up the match for the Warriors with wins at Nos. 3 and 4 singles.

WANDO 4, WEST FLORENCE 2

Singles: Catherine Martin (W) def. Anna Grace Skipper, 6-1, 6-1; Melanie Allen (W) def. Laura Jones, 6-1, 6-2; Alex Stein (W) def. Danielle Stevens, 6-3, 6-0; Caroline Hairfield (W) def. Graysen Elms, 6-4, 6-4; India Byrd (WF) def. Anne Stuart Pride, 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: Chrissy Gerth/Riley Dunnam (WF) def. Legare Passailague/Courtney Lopresti, 6-3, 1-6, 10-8.

Reach James Beck at jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english. Coach Kristin Fleming's BE team yielded a total of only seven games in five singles matches, with sophomore standout Liza Arruba leading the way with a 6-0, 6-0 blitzing of Pelion's Meghan Wilson at No. 1.

"We are ready for Thursday, and I think we have a great chance of winning," Fleming said about the lower state final. "The girls have been working hard to get ready for the lower state final and I have confidence we can do it."

A year ago, Waccamaw knocked the Bishops out of the lower state playoffs for the second straight year, the reversal of 2007 and 2008 when then coach Patricia Owens directed the Bishops to wins over Waccamaw and back-to-back state titles.

"We played very well today," Fleming said about a lineup that didn't include freshman Samantha Shuster at No. 2. "I feel comfortable with the team I had today."

BISHOP ENGLAND 7, PELION 0

Singles: Liza Arruba (BE) def. Meghan Wilson, 6-0, 6-0; Caroline Yodice (BE) def. Ashley Bailey, 6-0, 6-2; Hannah Simpson (BE) def. Katie Stone, 6-2, 6-1; Kelli McManus (BE) def. Stephanie Shirey, 6-0, 6-0; Charlie Gaffney (BE) def. Alex Miller, 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles: Gabby French/Ashlyn Ohlendorf (BE) def. Wilson/Bailey, 9-7; Emma Schaafsma/Hunter St. Laurent (BE) def. Allie Frye/Taylor Braziel, 6-0, 6-0.

WANDO DOWNS WEST FLORENCE,

FACES LEXINGTON NEXT

MOUNT PLEASANT -- Nos. 1 and 2 Catherine Martin and Melanie Allen came out Tuesday at the Wando courts focused on leading the Warriors (17-2) one step closer to a possible return to the top of Class AAAA girls tennis with a 4-2 victory over West Florence (23-3).

Wando now faces a road task on Thursday against a strong Lexington team, which powered past Beaufort, 5-1,on Tuesday.

"We'll work hard tomorrow and get ready for Thursday. For Lexington to beat Beaufort, 5-1, they had to play well," said first-year Wando coach Tyler Davis, whose team posted a tight 4-2 win over Beaufort in the regular season.

"We match up well at the top three (with Lexington), and then it's a matter of finding a winner at the bottom."

With junior Martin using her power and strong play to dominate the Knights' Anna Grace Skipper, 6-1, 6-1, and consistent freshman Allen cruising past West Florence senior Laura Jones, 6-1, 6-2, the Warriors took the top four positions in straight sets. Seniors Alex Stein and Caroline Hairfield wrapped up the match for the Warriors with wins at Nos. 3 and 4 singles.

West Florence made the score close by capturing No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles.

"I think we can win it this year," said Martin, who like Allen, remembers when the Warriors won their sixth straight state championship in 2009. They also remember losing to Mauldin in last year's Class AAAA state final.

WANDO 4, WEST FLORENCE 2

SINGLES: Catherine Martin (W) def. Anna Grace Skipper, 6-1, 6-1; Melanie Allen (W) def. Laura Jones, 6-1, 6-2; Alex Stein (W) def. Danielle Stevens, 6-3, 6-0; Caroline Hairfield (W) def. Graysen Elms, 6-4, 6-4; India Byrd (WF) def. Anne Stuart Pride, 6-0, 6-1.

DOUBLES: Chrissy Gerth/Riley Dunnam (WF) def. Legare Passailague/Courtney Lopresti, 6-3, 1-6, 10-8.

Reach James Beck at jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.