Conway's Victoria Smith chosen for all-star tennis competition

Conway’s Victoria Smith will play in the annual North-South All Star tennis competition.

Conway senior Victoria Smith will represent CHS in the annual North-South All-Star Tennis competition Nov. 20 and 21 in Greenville.

Smith, who plays number one singles and doubles for the Tigers, recently wrapped up her senior season by helping Conway advance to the state playoffs for the second consecutive season.

In North-South competition, six of the best seniors from the lower state will compete against their counterparts from the upper state in a team format featuring singles and doubles competition.

“Receiving this honor to play in North-South and represent our team and Conway High School is a great way for my high school career to end,” Smith said. “I am thankful to Jesus for all of His blessings and to Coach (Karen) Watts and my parents for all of their support. I would also like to thank Andy Smith and James Richardson and Coach Pun, who have coached me for many years.”

The All-Stars were selected by the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association.

Smith joined the CHS tennis team when she was in seventh grade, playing in the number two singles position. She played number one singles and doubles for the past three seasons and served as a team co-captain each of the past two years.

Smith posted a combined 20-6 record this season, going 12-5 in singles and pairing with number two player Hailey Cassidy to go 8-1 in doubles.

The Lady Tigers finished 9-8 overall this year and claimed third place in the region. Seasonal highlights included a sweep of neighboring Aynor, which won its region. Conway also defeated Horry County foes Carolina Forest, St. James and North Myrtle Beach.

“We are a very close team and we all care about each other,” Smith said. “Coach Watts has done a great job in helping us to play our best. We have a lot of seniors on the team, my friends, whom I’ve played tennis with and have had fun with for a lot of years. Making the playoffs this year is a great way for us all to go out together.”

Smith began playing tennis by taking lessons with her brother Ethan, from Andy Smith and James Richardson when she was 4 or 5-years-old. She decided to become a more serious competitor when she was 14, and began playing at Wachesaw three years ago.

Smith is an active student at CHS, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Science National Honor Society. She is an active member of the youth groups at both The Rock and St. Paul’s Church.

The teen is interested in a career in nursing and is considering attending college at either Charleston Southern, Winthrop or Coastal Carolina University.

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