Skyhawks fall to Dolphins in semifinals
The Hammond Skyhawks dispatched Wilson Hall Wednesday to advance to the semifinals of the girls’ SCISA 3A tennis playoffs at the Palmetto Tennis Center Friday, October 21. But there they ran into the Hilton Head Prep Dolphins who won all but one singles match eliminating the Skyhawks.
Hammond No. 1 Maggie
Herring jumped out to a 2- 1 lead in her match against Allie Burak but eventually fell 6-2, 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Hilton Head Prep’s Cameron Kriscunas defeated Caroline MacGillivray 6- 0, 6-0.
Shannon O’Brien jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Hammond’s Anne Elise Goudelock at No. 3 singles and never looked back defeating her 6-0, 6-1. Hammond No. 4 Madelon Kneece battled Hilton Head Prep’s Ellie Czura to 5-6 in the first set, but Czura’s cross-court volley won the set for her, and she easily took the second 6-0.
In the best match of the day, Hammond No. 5 Destiny Gaines battled Hilton Head Prep’s Maggi Colket to a third set tiebreaker. Gaines took the first set 6- 4, but Colket bounced back to take the second 6- 3. Colket jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the tiebreaker, but two straight deep high winners evened the match at 4- 4. Gaines then took a 5-4 lead, but some unforced errors and a passing shot by Colket built Colket’s lead to 8-5. Gaines won the next point, but two unforced errors gave Colket the match.
Hammond’s lone victory came at No. 6 as AliGray deLoache was able to take down Katie Rankin 6-3, 6-1.
Hilton Head Prep moved on to face the Porter- Gaud Cyclones, who beat Ashley Hall in the other semifinal, and lost 5-2 giving the Cyclones the title.