MYRTLE BEACH — The Myrtle Beach Seahawks are 7-0. Undefeated. Perfect.
Myrtle Beach swept all of the matches in its win over Waccamaw 7-0.
This of course is very familiar territory for coach Jeri Himmelsbach, who led her squad to a Region VIII-AAA title last year before dropping out in the first round of the state playoffs, which was a disappointing finish to an impressive season.
At this point in the season however, perfection won’t satisfy.
“We’d definitely like to make a run at it this year, that’s for sure,” Himmelsbach said. “I have a very young team, a bunch of 7th and 8th graders in the top 10 so we’ve got a very good nucleus.”
Jessie Dumas, Rachel Berkey, Emma Springs, Carolyn Gore and Elisabeth Spielvogel all won their singles matches. Dumas and Berkey teamed up for one doubles win and Catherine Truluck and Katharine Woodard picked up the other doubles win for the Seahawks.
The season thus far has been a whirlwind, and to have achieved similar success has been nothing if not humbling.
“Well I haven’t had time to think about it really. The girls are playing pretty solid,” Himmelsbach said of the season so far. “Right now we’re just looking to finish strong.”
If one thing has been crucial to the success in Myrtle Beach it has been not to underestimate their opponents.
“The competition is good over here on our side of [the] state, and it’s very tennis heavy here as well,” Himmelsbach said. “It’s tough to get to state, and we’ve got a tough lower state. Right now we’re just looking forward, putting it in drive and hitting the road.”
Singles – Jessie Dumas (MB) d. Lizzie Farmer 6-0, 6-1; Rachel Berkey (MB) d. Lindsey Costin 6-0, 6-1; Emma Springs (MB) d. Catherine Lowe 6-0, 6-1; Carolyn Gore (MB) d. Catherine Surratt 6-0, 6-1; Elisabeth Spielvogel (MB) d. Caitlyn Krask 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles – Dumas/Berkey (MB) d. L. Farmer/L. Costin 8-1; Catherine Truluck/Katharine Woodard (MB) d. Maddi Middleton/Elana Masser 6-1, 6-3.
Records – Myrtle Beach 7-0.