With the last regular-season match at home behind them, the Clover High School girls’ tennis team is awaiting the 4A playoff pairings.
Clover’s Oct. 15 match with Union was played after the Enquirer-Herald deadline.
The Lady Blue Eagles were 8-5 entering this week, following last week’s 6-0 win against York. Head coach Renee Farris said the team had another successful season.
“We have four seniors who’ve worked hard to earn starting roles,” said Farris. “We have a good group of young ladies who have been extremely competitive this year.”
No. 1 singles player Harriet Hall and No. 2 Corey Brom are among the senior mainstays.
“I like to keep the ball in play,” said Hall, who is in her second year at No. 1 singles and her sixth year as a varsity participant.
Hall said she depends on her forehand but has confidence when a backhand is needed. “It requires patience to win games by keeping the ball in play,” said Hall.
Brom said, “I feel I can gain the advantage by hitting the ball deep to my opponent’s backhand.”
Though Clover has lost tight matches to Fort Mill and Nation Ford, the Blue Eagles are still in the playoff mix.
“The key to success in the playoffs is to stay with our style of play and strive for improvement,” Brom said. “We don’t need to change anything.”
Farris said Region 3-AAAA is stronger this year than in the past. “We’ve lost a couple 4-3 matches this year, with tiebreakers deciding the outcome,” she said.
The Lady Blue Eagles have maintained a successful tennis program over the years under Farris.
“It takes a year-round commitment to keep the program at a competitive level,” said Farris.
The Clover team should learn the playoff pairings later this week.