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    (CHRONICLE PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) The River Bluff tennis tennis with the Class 5A title trophy.
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    (CHRONICLE PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) River Bluff head coach Brian Lim
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    (CHRONICLE PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) River Bluff senior Jessie Hollins holds the Class 5A tennis title trophy with teammates.
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    (CHRONICLE PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) River Bluff senior Jessie Hollins
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    (CHRONICLE PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) River Bluff junior Liyan Zhu
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    (CHRONICLE PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) River Bluff senior Claire Floyd
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    (CHRONICLE PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) River Bluff senior Claire Floyd
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    (CHRONICLE PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) River Bluff doubles players Riley Mitchell and Patty Silva

River Bluff wins 2019 Class 5A tennis title

Lady Gators sweep singles matches versus J.L. Mann for 2nd title in 3 years.
"Honestly, it's the best feeling ever," - River Bluff senior Claire Floyd

Brian Lim is humbly reluctant to call his girls' tennis team the "gold standard" at River Bluff High School.
Others may say otherwise after the Lady Gators claimed their 2nd Class 5A title in 3 years Saturday at the Cayce Fitness and Tennis Center. 
In becoming the school's first 2-time state champion, River Bluff stormed back to win 4 singles matches to defeat J.L. Mann 4-2. 
"Honestly, it's the best feeling ever," said senior Claire Floyd, a member of the 2017 state championship team. "We worked really hard. Last season served as a motivation for us, but it feels good to be back." 
"I'm really proud of them," Lim said. 
The comeback was spearheaded by Floyd, senior Jessie Hollins, who transferred this year from Buffalo, New York, junior Kiana Thatcher and freshman Liyin Zhu. Both Thatcher and Zhu rallied from 1st set losses to win their matches as Floyd and Seymour were completing their victories. 
While Lim said it was 'nerve-wrecking', Zhu was inspired by the large turnout of River Bluff fans who lined up outside the court fences to provide support.
"I think that having Gator Nation here, I'm definitely a pressure player that likes a lot of support," she said. "So, everyone that was cheering, I was like 'I got this'!"
Thatcher had a different form of motivation.
"It was my last game every, so I was like 'Maybe I should win'," she said. 
More on the River Bluff girls' tennis team will appear in this week's Lexington County Chronicle.

SINGLES
Jesse Hollins (RB) def. Emerson Mitchell 6-4, 6-2
Liyin Zhu (RB) def. Liyin Zhu 0-6, 6-3 (10-7) 
Claire Floyd (RB) def. Sidney Mitchell 6-4, 6-1
Kiana Thatcher (RB) def. Eleanor Kneeland 6-3, 3-6 (10-6) 
Cassidy Carlson (JL) def. Jordan Schaberg 6-0, 6-2 

DOUBLES
Hannah Ellis/Beech Haddad (JL) def. Riley Mitchell/Patty Silva 10-6
 

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