High School Sports

Area's top prep tennis players eye strong finish at individual state tournament

Lindsey Burke's high school tennis career will enjoy a final hurrah this weekend.

After a fourth consecutive team title for her and her Hilton Head High teammates, Burke's focus turns to the Class 3-A/4-A singles tournament, where last year she finished third.

Burke will be one of four area tennis players competing in the tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Lexington Tennis Center.

"My goal would be to win it, but that's everybody's goal," Burke said earlier this year. "Based on last year's results, it's pretty realistic."

Burke will be joined by Hilton Head High teammate Brooke Busby, who received an at-large bid. Beaufort High's Marian Hohenwarter, the Region 8-AAAA champion, will be there, as will Bluffton High School's Charlotte Loper.

Loper is making her second appearance at state singles. She finished 10-6 in region play.

Hohenwarter and her teammates won a fifth consecutive region title before being knocked from the Class 4-A playoffs by Lexington. Hohenwarter finished with a 7-1 record in Region 8-AAAA and was 13-3 during the season. She won her first two playoff matches at No. 1 singles.

The Eagles senior has prepared for singles by playing members of the Beaufort High boys team. She won in the first round last year before bowing out and said her goal is an all-state nod.

"I saw a lot of great competition," she said. "There were so many people there."

Burke enters the singles tournament 14-0. Busby is 11-2. The pair have worked on their game this week at Smith Stearns Tennis Academy, Nichols said. The teammates and their coach will travel to the tournament together Friday.

Their opponents will include the top players from Class 4-A team finalists Mauldin and Wando.

"We're going to hopefully do well, that's the plan," Nichols said. "Then you can really say you're the tops."

CLASS 3-A/4-A SINGLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT

What: 32 high school players, region champions and at-large selections, compete for an individual state title

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Lexington Tennis Center; Lexington

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