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Bengals no match for L-E on the courts

Posted: April 13, 2013 1:20 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Cementing its spot for a second straight trip to the state 4A tennis playoffs, Lugoff-Elgin used a 5-1 win over visiting Blythewood on Thursday to put the Demons firmly in third place in the Region 4-4A standings with two conference matches left on the schedule.
The Demons improved to 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Region 4-4A action.
L-E head coach Edward Rickwood said his team could ill afford a letdown on their home courts against the Bengals. His worries proved to be unfounded as the Demons won four singles matches in straight sets while receiving a forfeit in second doubles to lock down the victory.
“We had already beaten Blythewood, earlier this year, at their place,” Rickwood said of the sweep of the Bengals.  “Along with our win Tuesday against Richland NE, this put us in third place in our region. 
“A tie with (Blythewood) Thursday would put us even with them in the region though, so we definitely wanted the win.  Unfortunately for them, they were not able to bring their entire team. Having to forfeit their number two doubles put us ahead, 1-0, of them before anyone took the courts.”
Once on the courts, the Demons went to work and made fairly quick work of their guests.
Freshman Hunter Horton won his first singles match with a pair of 6-0 wins. Junior Hunter Johnson won at second singles, 6-3, 6-1.
Blythewood won a third singles as L-E junior Justin Tillman lost in a third set tie-breaker, 2-6, 6-1, 5-10. L-E took fourth and fifth singles with junior Samuel Couilliet scoring a 7-5, 6-3 victory at number four while senior Austin Close closed out his opponent with a pair of 6-1 wins at fifth singles.
One day earlier, L-E stepped out of conference play and suffered a 5-1 loss at the hands of a powerful West Florence squad.
“West Florence definitely brought their ‘A’ team against us,” Rickwood said of the match.  “There is a reason they are 11-0 for the season.”
The Demons’ lone scratch in the win column came at first singles in which Horton handed his opponent a 6-0, 6-1 setback.
Johnson had tough luck at second singles in a 2-6, 6-7 defeat. Tillman, Couilliet and Close each lost in straight sets as did the L-E second doubles pairing of Nathan Tyson and Chance Sheorn.
L-E hits the road for Boonetown today to take on North Central at 5 p.m.. The Demons head to Ridge View on Tuesday before will close conference play at home with Irmo on Thursday.


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