Irmo and Dutch Fork advanced in the Class 4A state girls tennis playoffs with first-round wins on Tuesday.
Irmo, the No. 3 seed out of tough Region 5-4A, easily defeated Region 8 champion Summerville, 5-1, on the road, while Dutch Fork was a 6-0 winner over Fort Dorchester at home.
Irmo, which hits the road again on Thursday to take on Region 6 champion West Florence, got singles wins from Mary Satterthwaite (No. 1), Erin Westerkam (No. 2), Jennifer Anderson (No. 3) and Mavina Goram (No. 5) in Summerville.
Anna McClintock, Mareli Sanchez, Savannah Savage, Jillian Cothran and Layla Asghari were the singles winners for Dutch Fork, which has a demanding second-round challenge on tap Thursday. The Silver Foxes travel to face four-time defending state champion Wando in a rematch of last season’s Lower State title match.
The Lowcountry Warriors have won five state titles and made it to the finals 10 times since 1991.