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Lancaster hands L-E netters 4-2 loss

Posted: April 22, 2014 1:45 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 5:00 a.m.

There is no telling how good Lugoff-Elgin’s tennis record would have been had it been able to get several of its matches to go into first doubles for the victory.
Monday was yet another example of that as the Demons won at first and second singles, only to lose the next four in a 4-2 non-conference loss to Lancaster. L-E fell to 5-6 on the season with its fourth 4-2 setback of the spring.
“Another tight one slipped past us as we struggle to find that all important third win,” said Demons’ head coach Edward Rickwood whose squad lost to the Bruins, 4-2, for the second time this season.
“We were looking forward to this rematch.  When we played them earlier this year, my number and number two won their matches, but three of the other matches were lost in third set tie-breaks.”
Playing for the first time in 11 days after the spring break vacation, the Demons’ old reliable of Hunter Horton and Hunter Johnson won in straight sets at first and second singles, respectively. Horton won his match in shutout fashion taking a pair of 6-0 wins, while Johnson came away with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Nathan Tyson’s third singles pairing was the last match left but he fell, 4-6, 6-7. “This was the match we were all watching at the end,” Rickwood said. “The last time (L-E played Lancaster), Nathan lost the first set, won the second, and then lost in a third set tie break. This time he came from behind in the second set to take it to a tie break, but lost, 5-7, in the tie break.”
With two starters out with injuries, Matthew Mills was inserted into the fourth singles slot and fell in two 6-0 sets. “With the loss of two of my starters due to injury and with more than half my team graduating this year,” Rickwood said of the move to start Mills, “I played my two middle school players in the last two singles slots to give them some experience.”
The second middle-schooler, Evan Freier, suffered a 6-0, 6-1 loss at first singles. In second doubles, L-E’s James Carraway and Chance Sheorn were taken down,  5-7, in a first set in which they jumped out to a 4-1 lead.  Using aggressive net play, the Lancaster duo received the boost they needed to take control of the match in taking a 6-1 win.
Rickwood said in spite of the tough loss on Monday, he his seeing plenty of good signs from his squad.
“My team is playing better now compared to the beginning of the season,” he said. “Unfortunately, we have had some injuries too, so we did have to do some rearranging for this matchup.”

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