High School Sports

Season recap: Irmo tennis

The Irmo girls tennis team finished the 2008 campaign with a 13-8 overall record, went through the Region 5-4A schedule with an 11-3 record and advanced to the Class 4A Lower State semifinals before being eliminated by championship-bound Wando.

“We had a very challenging and tough schedule,” said Yellow Jackets Suzanne Gray. “We had some losses at beginning of season which was hard to overcome, but it also helped prepare us for some close matches and playoffs at the end of the season. We have a great group of girls, with great sportsmanship and emphasis on academics also.”

Three Irmo players earned all-region recognition, including go-region player of the year Mary Chris Satterwaithe. The sophomore standout finished with a 13-5 record at No. 1 singles. Junior Erin Westerkam and sophomore Jennifer Anderson also made the all-region team. Westerkam had an 8-11 record against tough competition at No. 2 singles, and Anderson went 9-10 at No. 3 singles.

The rest of the starting singles lineup featured senior Gillian Harper at No. 4 singles, freshman Mavina Guram at No. 5 singles. Harper finished with a 9-9 record, while Guram posted a combined 15-4 mark in singles and doubles duty.

Eighth-grader Ivey Westerkam and sophomore Priya Purohit and Olivia Haley also contributed to Irmo’s success. The younger Westerkam had a combined 14-5 record at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles. Purohit was 12-4 as a member of the No. 2 doubles team. Haley was 2-2 in limited singles and doubles action.

“I’m looking forward to 2009,” said Gray. “We are only losing two seniors. The (returning girls) know it is important to play year round, play tournaments, work on their game, and come out ready next fall. We do have a lot of hard workers who are committed to the game, and enjoy playing. And that makes the difference.”