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Demon netters fall to Foxes; now eyeing a 4A playoff slot

Posted: April 25, 2016 3:35 p.m.
Updated: April 26, 2016 1:00 a.m.

There are times when you tip your hat to a stronger opponent and move on to the next challenge.

For the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team, last Thursday’s match against a powerful Dutch Fork squad was one of those occasions. Outmanned, the Demon fell to Dutch Fork, 5-1, to drop to 4-5 in Region 4-4A action heading into today’s season finale against Westwood.

“Knowing that a victory would have little effect on our playoffs,” said L-E head coach Edward Rickwood following the loss to the Silver Foxes, “we approached the match as practice against a tough team like what we might meet in playoffs. I wanted my guys to see that they could get at least one or two games off of this team. If you can get one, it is possible to get more and perhaps find a way to win.”

Getting more than his share of wins was L-E first singles player Hunter Horton who remained perfect on the season in taking down Robert Kirtley, 6-0, 6-1.

“Hunter was a tiny bit off his game, but he was still able to take his match,” Rickwood said. “With only two matches left in the regular season, not only is Hunter undefeated but he has also not come close to even dropping a set.”

Dutch Fork flexed its muscles start in second singles as Evan Major downed Spencer Hinton, 6-0, 6-1. In third singles, L-E’s Tyler Matthews was tripped up by Drew Gardiner, 6-1, 6-1.

“Tyler has been playing very well the second half of our season. He set up some great points but managed to hit just a few too many shots long,” Rickwood said of Matthews’ match.

In fourth singles, L-E’s Matthew Mills played tough in a 6-3 first set loss to Saad Iffilchar who gained steam in winning the second set, 6-1. Richie Thao finished off singles action as he defeated Ryan Hill, 6-1, 6-0.

The Silver Foxes’ second doubles team of Duke George and Josh Ranta handed L-E’s Harrison Garcia and Evan Freier a 6-0, 6-1 setback.

Rickwood said his team was looking forward to today’s match with Westwood, a team which the Demons defeated earlier this season on the road. Today’s match is “win and you’re in” the playoffs for L-E. “Although a loss probably would not knock us out of playoffs, we plan on a win to lead us into the playoffs.”

 

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