Hilton Head Prep 6, Hammond School 0: The Hilton Head Prep girls tennis team will be playing for another SCISAA Class 3-A state championship Saturday, taking on region foe Porter-Gaud in a rematch of last year's championship bout.
The Dolphins won their 27th consecutive match Friday, shutting out Hammond School, 6-0, in the semifinals in Sumter. Porter-Gaud, meanwhile, knocked off Hilton Head Christian Academy to prevent Saturday's final from being an all-Hilton Head affair.
No players from Hilton Head Prep (13-0) dropped a set against Hammond. No. 1 Mariana Gould, No. 4 Ellie Zimmermann and No. 6 Catie Meighan each won their matches without dropping a single game.
Saturday's state title match is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.
Singles: No. 1 Mariana Gould def. Maggie Herring 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Sydnee Wheeler def. Caroline MacGillivray 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 Ellie Czura def. Ellie Locke 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 Ellie Zimmermann def. Anne Jenkins 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Taylor Childress def. Britt Harris 6-0, 6-2; No. 6 Catie Meighan def. Amelia Culbreath 6-0, 6-0
Porter-Gaud 5, Hilton Head Christian Academy 1: The Eagles, playing without No. 1 singles player Madison Dillon, lost for the third time this season to the Cyclones. Porter-Gaud advances to the SCISAA Class 3-A state championship against Hilton Head Prep.
Meredith Inglis had the lone victory for Hilton Head Christian (7-6), winning at No. 4 singles.
Dillon missed the match because of a stress fracture in her foot.
Singles: No. 1 Ann Martin Skelly (PG) def. Catherine Campbell 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 Grace Robards (PG) def. Monica Bundy 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 Carlisle Williams (PG) def. Kate Bennett 6-3, 6-2; No. 4 Meredith Inglis (HHCA) def. Lexi Steichen 6-1, 6-2; No. 5 Madison McNeill (PG) def. Grace Berrigan 6-2, 6-1; No. 6 Rebecca Kahn (PG) def. Maddy Bauer 6-3, 6-1
SCISAA Class 2-A state tournament: Thomas Heyward Academy won its first two matches Friday in Sumter -- topping Williamsburg Academy and Trinity Byrnes -- before dropping its final match of the day to defending state champion Spartanburg Christian.
The Rebels lost the first game against Williamsburg, 25-16, but rebounded to win the next two, 25-15, 25-20. Against Trinity Byrnes, the Rebels won the opening game 25-20, but dropped the next, 25-17, before winning the match with a 25-14 score in the third game.
Spartanburg Christian defeated the Rebels 25-10, 25-16.
Thomas Heyward plays in an elimination game at 4 p.m. Saturday with a trip to the semifinals on the line.
Whale Branch 2, Colleton County 1; Ashley Ridge 2, Whale Branch 0 (Thursday): The Warriors defeated Colleton County in a three-game battle (11-25, 25-18, 30-28) but lost to Ashley Ridge (25-13, 25-13).
Jonae Riley led the Warriors with nine kills on the night. Rietta Salters had six kills, five aces and five digs. Kemoni Jenkins added six kills and five aces, Shaniqua Johnson had six kills, Shay Jiles had six aces, Olivia Walker had five kills, and Myra Garcia came up with eight digs.