Wilson Hall girls tennis team picks up where it left off as Sorrells takes over for Williams

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 9/13/18

The Wilson Hall girls tennis program had much success under the guidance of head coach Debby Williams, who stepped down after last season after many years at the helm.

It has been a smooth transition to date from Williams to new head coach Julia …

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Wilson Hall girls tennis team picks up where it left off as Sorrells takes over for Williams

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The Wilson Hall girls tennis program had much success under the guidance of head coach Debby Williams, who stepped down after last season after many years at the helm.

It has been a smooth transition to date from Williams to new head coach Julia Sorrells. The Lady Barons have gotten off to a hot start this season, boasting a 6-1 record after defeating Florence Christian 5-0 at Palmetto Tennis Center on Tuesday.

"I've been pleased and impressed with their performance through the season so far," Sorrells said. "I've appreciated how after singles, they stay focused on doubles and close out the match."

So far this season, Wilson Hall has defeated Dreher High School, Heathwood Hall, Carolina Academy, Cardinal Newman, Thomas Sumter Academy as well as Florence Christian. Its only loss came to Hammond.

The Lady Barons have been led by No. 1 singles player Emily Anne Beasley, who so far has won three matches in singles against obviously the best the opposing team has to offer, according to Sorrells. Three of her matches have gone to thir- set tiebreakers, including one in which she won against Hammond.

"That was a big match for her," Sorrells said.

Also playing well has been Shelby Guldan, who is 7-0 at No. 2.

"She's good at 2 singles and 2 doubles with Carly (Allred)," Sorrells said.

Guldan and Allred were responsible for match-clinching victories against Cardinal Newman and Heathwood Hall.when playing doubles together.

Allred, who plays No. 4 singles, is also undefeated at 6-0 since she missed the match against Hammond.

Lizzy Davis plays No. 3 singles and is 6-1 on the season. She suffered her lone match loss against Hammond. She was part of a No. 1 doubles victory against Thomas Sumter.

Bella Land has won three matches at No. 5 singles and is 3-2. She's 2-1 at No. 3 doubles with Halle Stone and 1-0 at No. 2 doubles.

Stone is a freshman this year and it's also her first year playing varsity. She's 2-0 at No. 6 singles and 2-1 at No. 5 singles with her lone loss coming at the hands of Hammond.

Lucy McIver has rotated in and played No. singles and has helped win doubles matches at the 2 and 3 spots.

Ingrid Singleton won a No. 6 singles match against TSA and has played No. 3 doubles.

Catelyn Cornelison has assisted in additional wins as well.

"This is my first year coaching, but I know prior to this season, the team has been undefeated the past two seasons," Sorrells said. "I knew they were losing talent coming in, but we have a good chance to make it far in the playoffs this year."