High School Sports

Lexington moves on to 4A tennis semfinals

Lexington will face four-time defending Class 4A state girls tennis champion Wando in the Lower State championship match Friday at 4 p.m. at the Lexington County Tennis Center.

The Wildcats (18-1) moved on to the state semifinals with a 5-1 win at Beaufort on Tuesday. Though Lexington did breeze by the host Eagles, the match result did end a run on five straight, 6-0 shutout wins by Eric Jackson’s team.

The lone Wildcat to suffer a setback was No. 1 single player Taylor Patterson, who dropped a marathon 6-7, 6-7, 10-6 decision to Beaufort’s Samantha Sullivan that ended after the team win was already well in hand. Patterson fell to 10-4 on the season.

Otherwise, Lexington breezed to five straight-set wins. Clair Larkin improved to 12-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles, Morgan Patterson upped her record to 14-1 at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-0 win, Erin Green is now 2-0 in the playoffs since moving into the lineup at No. 4 singles and Sarah Kim now stands at 10-1 at No. 5 singles in the wake of a 6-0, 6-1 triumph. Victoria Anderson and Rachel Lovaas closed out the romp with a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win.

Wando (19-0) rolled past Irmo in Tuesday’s other Lower State semifinal bout. The only Yellow Jacket to prevail was Mary Chris Satterthwaite at No. 1 singles.

This is the fourth year in a row the Wildcats have advanced to the state semifinals under Jackson. Friday’s match will be the first Lower State championship match for a program that heretofore had always been aligned in the Upper State.

Lexington’s one and only state title match appearance came in 2002. The Wildcats suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of South Florence after rolling to its first Upper State championship.