Barnwell girls tennis on a roll
The Barnwell High girls tennis team is picking up steam after a slow start to the season.
Coach Jeff Miller’s young squad has performed at a high level over the last couple of weeks with the team netting victories over Williston-Elko High, Pelion High and Wade Hampton High.
“We’re gaining confidence and it’s starting to show on the court,” Miller said. “I’m very pleased with our performance in the last few matches. We’ve come and played very competitively in every match.”
The latest of the Lady Warhorses’ string of wins came on Oct. 2 in a 4-2 triumph over in-county rival Williston-Elko High.
In the match, the Lady Blue Devils came out on fire with top seeded Jasmine Geter of W-E scoring a 7-6, 6-1 win over Mariah Stone of BHS.
“Mariah Stone lost a hard-fought game against Williston-Elko, but she’s been playing better and better as the season progresses,” Miller said.
Taylor Davis of Barnwell High quickly evened the score at No. 2 singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Maggie Smith of W-E.
“Taylor Davis has been on fire lately. Her forehand is one of the best in the region and she’s playing with a lot of confidence,” Miller said.
The seesaw battle continued at No. 3 singles. This time, Kaylyn Myers put the Lady Blue Devils back in front with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Maggie Chavis of the Lady Warhorses.
From that point on it was all Lady Warhorses.
Barnwell High’s Mattison Hooper played arguably her best outing of the season in a 6-2, 7-5 win over Nicole Valle of W-E.
“Mattison Hooper has been my most consistent player and has looked very strong in her last three matches,” Miller said.
In No. 5 singles, Caroline Greene of BHS followed suit by beating Yasmine Dukes of W-E in straight sets with scores of 6-4 and 6-4.
“Caroline Greene has really shown great improvement in her first season. At this point, she’s 4-0 in singles and she continues to improve each week,” said Miller.
In doubles action, Barnwell High tandem of Lexi Thomason and Emaleigh Henderson rolled over Aleceya Edwards and Alyssa Roberts of W-E by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.
“Thomason and Henderson have played really good together this season,” Miller said. “They have outscored their opponents 24-5 over the last couple of matches. Both players are starting to understand the doubles game at a new level.”
On Sept. 28 in other action, the Lady Warhorses knocked off the Lady Panthers of Pelion High 5-1.
The Lady Warhorses dominated singles play with Taylor Davis, Maggie Chavis, Mattison Hooper and Caroline Greene all scoring straight set wins.
“Another one of our players who has stepped up this season is Maggie Chavis,” Miller said. “She made tremendous improvement over the last couple of weeks.”
Barnwell High’s doubles team of Lexi Thomason and Emaleigh Henderson posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Kenzie Martin and Mae Dowling of the Lady Panthers.
At the present time, the Lady Warhorses are tied for second in the region with Williston-Elko High. The teams will play a tie-breaker match at Gregg Park in Graniteville on a date to be determined.