Bulldogs eye playoff spot

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Georgetown High’s boys tennis team held off Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 4-3 on Monday night.

Ben Wilkinson won 6-3, 6-3 at No.1 singles for the Bulldogs.

“It was a really good match. He was even with me,” Wilkinson said. “I think I got off to a really slow start.”

David Stalvey won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

“I started out pretty strong and then the second set was a little more tight,” Stalvey said.

Georgetown also got singles wins at No. 3 from Jarrett Cooper 6-1, 1-6, 10-8; and at No. 6 from Gabe Holmes 6-3, 6-4.

Monday’s match was one of four this week for the Bulldogs. Three matches are with region rivals.

“It’s not going to be fun,” said Georgetown coach Grace George. “But with all this rain, we had to do what we have to do to get everything in before the playoffs.”

Along with the weather, the fact the Horry and Georgetown counties have different spring break weeks is also messing with the schedule.

“[It’s] two weeks in the middle of the season where we can’t seem to find any matches to play,” George said. “That’s made for a lot in a short period of time.”

The Class AAA tennis playoffs have expanded this season from two teams per region to four and it has the Bulldogs eyeing a postseason appearance.

“Just the fact that it’s within our reach this year is pretty awesome,” said Wilkinson, a senior, who has been a part of the program for six years.

Standing in Georgetown’s way is St. James. The Sharks have already beat the Bulldogs twice this season, but barely, winning 4-3 and 5-4. Of the 16 individual matches, eight went to tiebreakers.

“We just need a couple more of the tiebreakers to go our way,” George said.

“We just have to avoid some of those match tiebreaker and get out to an earlier start in some of those matches,” Wilkinson said. “Get a quick start and take them down early.”

Georgetown is scheduled to host St. James on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at DeBordieu.

“We’re right there on the edge,” George said. “I think it’s going to come down to one of those matches that goes into a tiebreaker. Hopefully we can get over the top with the experience of [this week’s] matches.”

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