Monday, October 7, 2013
Waccamaw High's girls tennis teams beat Georgetown at Stables Park last week to claim county bragging rights, but both programs have a lot to be proud of.
The Lady Warriors are 8-0 and have been a powerhouse in Class AA in the state for at least a decade.
Waccamaw has nine seniors on this year's squad.
“The group of girls is a really great group to coach,” said coach Joan Cribb, calling her players hard workers, smart and studious.
Waccamaw opened the season with a 4-3 win over Class AAA Socastee, and also swept Mullins and only lost one match to Aynor.
Sydney Derrick, Catalina Carr, Lindsay Costin, Lizzie Farmer and Alana Maser all got singles win over the Auctioneers and Caitlyn Krask and Maddy Middleton won at doubles. The Lady Warriors only lost three games in the match.
Against the Blue Jackets, Ali DeSpain, Derrick, Carr, Farmer and Middleton picked up singles wins, and Costin and Krask won at doubles.
The Lady Warriors are heading to San Francisco on Wednesday for their annual team trip. In past years the team traveled to Los Angeles for tournaments, but stayed on the East Coast last year with a trip to New York.
Only the top 10 players on the team make the trip, so Cribb said it's an incentive to play well.
“It makes you work toward something,” she added.
The annual trips are also a chance for the girls to bond, Cribb said.
Georgetown, under the direction of coach Grace George, is starting to make some noise in Class AAA. The program continues to grow every year, and 17 girls are competing on the varsity and junior varsity levels this season.
It’s a rebuilding year for the Lady Bulldogs, after George lost four of her top seven players from last year. Caroline Goodwin, who played junior varsity last season, is playing at No. 1 singles for the varsity this season.
“It’s been a good season so far,” George said.
The Lady Bulldogs were swept by region rival Myrtle Beach, but the experience of playing a better team is something the girls will use in closer matches.
“We learn something every night,” George said.
In other region action, Georgetown lost 5-2 to St. James and Socastee, but beat Wilson 5-2.
Taylor Graham picked up the only win for Georgetown against Waccamaw on Wednesday night.
A change in the Class AAA rules means four teams in Georgetown’s region will make the playoffs this season and George is hoping her Lady Bulldogs can claim one of those spots.