BE girls' tennis hope to repeat as state champs
There’s been a change at home for Kristin Fleming Arnold. She coaches both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams at Bishop England High School, and her life got a little more interesting less than four months ago. She had twins and missed some of the boys’ matches last spring due to her pregnancy. She’s been ready for the girls’ season since Day 1, however. “It’s been an adjustment for sure,” said Fleming Arnold, who is in her seventh season as the girls’ coach. “Everything is an adjustment when you have 3 1/2 month-old twins.” But it’s pretty much status quo for the girls’ team, which is 11-3, including tournaments heading into this week’s regular-season finales against Hilton Head and Porter-Gaud. The Bishops are seeking their fifth consecutive state title and 20th overall. It might be the most dominating girls’ team in the state in fall sports if not for the Bishops’ volleyball program. The tennis team returned virtually intact from last year, a season that was capped by a victory over Christ Church in last year’s title event. Fleming Arnold expects Waccamaw to be the biggest threat in the Lower State when playoffs begin Oct. 26. She says Christ Church should rule in the Upstate. The state championships will be held Nov. 7 at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center. The players have fresh legs after missing a week of practice and matches during the devastating rains. But there was some rust when the Bishops dropped a 5-1 decision to Wando. The Bishops and Christ Church would make a good rematch. The Bishops posted a 4-3 victory over Christ Church in the final last fall and also topped the Upstate team 4-3 in 2012 to win the state crown. Last fall, the Bishops’ top three players all posted victories in their matches against Christ Church. All three return: No. 1 Jenna Vroman, No. 2 Camryn Deames and No. 3 Gabrielle Dacuba. All three players have been selected captains. Dacuba is the lone senior in the top 3.