Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Hilton Head has been the thorn in the Berkeley Lady Stags’ side this tennis season.
The only blemish on an otherwise perfect season are the two losses suffered at the rackets of the Sea Hawks, a 4-3 edging on the island in September and a decisive 5-1 win last Tuesday night at the Berkeley courts.
Coach Joe Harnage said the other guys were simply playing better tennis.
“Hilton Head hosted a tournament last weekend and they looked sharp throughout their line-up,” he said. “The individual matches were competitive.
“We just did not seem to play the big points very well. We are a little depressed with the outcome but remain committed to finishing the season as strong as we can.”
Top seeded singles player Kristen Farmer continued to dominate her individual competition, winning her match 6-2, 6-1 to improve to 13-1 on the season.
Number three singles player Jill Funk played well, and narrowly lost her match, falling 6-7, 7-6, (6) in the two-set tiebreaker.
“Jill Funk played a great match,” Harnage said.
The remaining Lady Stags’ matches did not fair so well with number two singles player Elliott Huxford falling 6-2, 6-0, Caroline Lamprecht dropping her match in straight sets 6-2 6-3, and Camren Tedder losing 6-2, 6-1.
The doubles team of Laura Jackson and Emily Futrell dropped their match 6-2, 6-0.
The Lady Stags finished second in Region 8AAA and wrapped up their season this week with wins against Hanahan and Manning. They await the start of the Class AAA state tournament this week.
“Finishing as the number two team in the region will put us in the opposite side of the Lower State draw from Hilton Head in the upcoming playoffs,” Harnage said. “We hope that we can have one more chance to play them.”