2011-10-21 / Sports

Highlanders beat OP, advance

By Tim Gochnaur


Heathwood Hall’s Catherine Savoca returns a serve from Orangeburg Prep’s Mary Brooks McDonald in their No. 1 singles playoff match. 
Photo by Jeff Blake/ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com Heathwood Hall’s Catherine Savoca returns a serve from Orangeburg Prep’s Mary Brooks McDonald in their No. 1 singles playoff match. Photo by Jeff Blake/ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com The Heathwood Hall girls’ tennis team swept every singles and doubles match against the Orangeburg Prep Indians Monday, October 17 at the Heathwood tennis courts in the first round of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) state playoffs.

The Heathwood girls lost only one set. Orangeburg’s Mary Brooks McDonald at No. 1 singles, won the first set against Heathwood’s Catherine Savoca, 6-4, before losing the second set 6-0, and then falling 10-5 in the tiebreaker.

The Highlanders and coach Nick Gaffos move to an overall 8-6 record and play Wednesday at Ashley Hall in Charleston in the next round of the SCISA playoffs. The Indians finished at 3-12.

Gaffos said, “We were 3- 6 at one point and have won five in a row. As the season has gone along, the girls have seen what it takes to win. All of them have really grown. I have been real proud of all of them. The attitude and energy level is what has really impressed me.” Singles: Catherine Savoca (HH) d. Mary Brooks McDon- ald ( OP), 4- 6, 6- 0, 10- 5; McKenna Savoca ( HH) d. Laine Craft (OP), 6-1, 6-0; Elise McKelver (HH) d. Carolina Summers (OP), 6-1, 6- 0; Sarah Stormer ( HH) d. Sara Paige Bozard (OP), 6-0, 6-1; Sarah Buchanan (HH) d. Addison Walters (OP), 6-0, 6-0; Emily Dreyer (HH) d. Holden Terry (OP), 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Savoca, Savoca ( HH) d. McDonald, Craft (OP), 8-1; McKelver, Stormer (HH) d. Summers, Bozard (OP), 8-0; Buchanan, Dreyer (HH) d. Walters, Terry (OP), 8-1.



Heathwood Hal l ’s McKenna Savoca returns a serve from OP’s Laine Craft in their No. 2 singles match. Heathwood Hal l ’s McKenna Savoca returns a serve from OP’s Laine Craft in their No. 2 singles match.

Heathwood Hall’s Elise McKelver stretches for a backhand at No. 3 against OP’s Carolina Summers. 
Photo by Jeff Blake/ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com Heathwood Hall’s Elise McKelver stretches for a backhand at No. 3 against OP’s Carolina Summers. Photo by Jeff Blake/ColumbiaWeddingPhotos.com

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