Lady Stags ace James Island, Hanahan
The Berkeley tennis team has become a force to be reckoned with in Region 8AAA.
The team notched convincing wins over James Island and Hanahan last week to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Coach Joe Harnage said his team hit the ground running.
“Against James Island, we got off to really strong starts in all of the matches and then played even better as the match went on,” he said.
The Lady Stags earned a measure of revenge against the visiting Trojans with Elliott Huxford and Caroline Lamprecht winning their matches in convincing fashion after having lost when Berkeley played James Island earlier in the season.
Huxford took her match in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 and Lamprecht did the same, following suit with a solid 6-2, 6-1 win.
Number one seeded Kristen Farmer won in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 as did Jill Funk, 6-3, 6-1 and Camren Tedder, 6-3, 6-2.
“Everybody has really been working hard to keep improving,” Harnage said. “We play Wando on Monday and we expect another very close match.”
The Wando match, a non-region tilt, will be a warm up for a crucial Oct. 15, Region 8AAA showdown at home against Hilton Head. The Sea Hawks handed the Lady Stags their only region loss of the season on Sept. 26.
“This will be a big match, but we’ll be playing on our home court this time,” Harnage said. “The girls will be ready.”
In doubles Laura Futrell and Sara Gianelli won 8-6 to round out the scoring.
Against Hanahan, Camren Tedder led the charge with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout as all six singles players notched straight set wins. Farmer took her match 6-1, 6-1, followed by Funk winning 6-1, 6-2, Lamprecht winning 6-0, 6-1, and Lauren Jackson winning 6-2, 6-2. The doubles team of Ashley Morrell and Abigayle Ashabraner won their match in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
Berkeley has an overall record of 10-1 following this week’s play with region matches remaining in October against Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Oct. 10, the Sea Hawks on Oct. 15, and Hanahan on Oct. 22.
Special events upcoming for the Lady Stags include the annual Match for Cancer against Fort Dorchester at home on Oct. 22 and a Mother/Daughter match on Oct. 29 before the Class AAA state playoffs begin on Oct. 31.