Hali Hutchinson

Lady Trojan senior Hali Hutchinson prepares a forehand return during the final regular season match with Johnsonville’s Madison Britton on Oct. 24 at GSF. Hutchinson battled to a tiebreaker in the match with scores of 6-2, 2-6 and 5-10. Hutchinson finished the year with the top number of wins for the Lady Trojans.

Lady Trojans’ tennis coach Tracy Kienast began the 2016 season sharing these words about his young but talented girls’ tennis team in August: “I think we are going to be competitive. We have the tools and some athletic talent in our top six. The experience of the top four plus (Tamara) Jackson’s natural abilities along with our work ethic will be a challenge for several teams.

“Johnsonville is always tough and with solid play and few forced errors we should do well.”

With the Lady Trojans finishing the regular season in a match with Johnsonville that included four tie-breakers, leaving the GSF team 9-4 on the regular season and third in the tough 6-A-AA and a playoff spot, it seems the ladies did as Kienast expected.

The final match versus Johnsonville was an exciting one and true to form with Lady Flashes winning by a 4-3 margin.

Match results saw GSF’s Kaylee Jordan vs Abbi Prosser 6-3, 6-0 (W), Emmy Kienast vs Claire Stuckey 5-7, 0-6 (L), Carlyse Major vs Emily Eaddy 3-6, 4-6 (L), Hali Hutchinson vs Madison Britton 6-2, 2-6, 5-10 (L) and Tamara Jackson vs Madison Graham 5-7, 6-3, 10-5 (W) in single play.

In doubles the duo of Kaylee Jordan/Emmy Kienast vs Abbi Prosser/Claire Stuckey 3-6, 6-7 (1-7) L and Chance Caulder/Shayla Hardee vs Brooke Thames/Abi Floyd 5-7, 6-1, 11-9 (W)

The Lady Trojans opened the first round of the playoffs on the road at Batesburg-Leesville on Monday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

With a win, the Lady Trojans will face a familiar foe in region leader Marion into the second round match-up scheduled for today, Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Marion. The playoff continues on Nov. 7 with the Lower State championship set for Nov. 12 at Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center at noon.

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