The Hilton Head Prep girls tennis team advanced to the SCISAA Class 3-A final after defeating Ashley Hall 5-1 on Friday at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.
Prep took 5 of the 6 singles matches. The Dolphins' only loss came at No. 1 singles, where Prep's Allie Burak, who is dealing with ligament problems in her foot and was heavily taped, took the No. 1 player in the state, Narni Summerall, to a 10-point deciding tie-break, only to lose 10-8.
Prep will face the winner of Friday's match between Pinewood Prep and defending state champion Porter-Gaud at 10 this morning for the state championship.
Singles: 1. Narni Summerall (AH) d Allie Burak 5-7, 6-0, 10-8; 2. Kelly Mengel (HHP) d. Rossi Anastopoulo 4-6, 6-3, 10-6; 3. Shannon O'Brien (HHP) d. Morgan Schweers 6-1, 6-1; 4. Ellie Czura (HHP) d. Skat Bailey 6-1, 6-1; 5. Taylor Childress (HHP) d. Tiffany Dye 6-1, 6-0; 6. Katie Rankin (HHP) d. Gyles Laney 6-3, 6-3.
SCISAA Classs 3-A playoffs: Hilton Head Prep (11-9) defeated Pinewood Prep 2-1, winning 25-18 in a third and decisive set, and will face Wilson Hall (16-7) at 12:30 p.m. today in the Lower State bracket of the SCISAA Class 3-A state volleyball tournament at the Sumter County Civic Center.
The Dolphins defeated Heathwood Hall 2-0 and lost to Hammond 2-1 before beating Pinewood Prep.