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Lugoff-Elgin netters fall to Hartsville in conference opener

Posted: March 13, 2017 3:33 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The hope of getting their first singles player back for Thursday’s home and Region 6-4A opener with Hartsville did not happen for the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team which dropped a 4-2 decision to the Red Foxes.

The loss gave Edward Rickwood’s charges a 1-2 overall record on the season.

“Victory was just a few points away but it was not to happen for us,” Rickwood said following the match. “We were without our top player but our players still put in a respectable performance.”

The Demons scored win at second and fifth singles for their two points.

At number two singles, Tyler Matthews outlasted Jacob Prozzi in a 0-6, 6-2, 10-6 marathon.

“Even though the score indicates that Tyler got off to a slow start,” Rickwood said, “it really was a fairly close match in the first set. The next set was equally as close but more of the points went in Tyler’s favor. 

“Tyler has a lot of experience with third set tie-breaks so he felt less pressure and was able to take the match”

In fifth singles, Holden Roberts took down Hartsville’s Cooper Myers in straights sets, winning, 6-3, 6-3. “Despite being one of the victories for us that did not go into a third set tie-break, this game lasted longer than most of the others,” Rickwood said. “Long rallies and many deuce games were the way of this match.”

The visitors used a pair of 6-4 wins from Mac Waldrop to take his first singles pairing with Matthew Mills. “From a distance,” Rickwood said, “this match looked like it could go either way. Up close though, you could see Mac picking up speed while Matthew started to slow down.”

The Demons lost a heartbreaker at third singles as Ryan Hill was outlasted by Hartsville’s Duncan Crawley who took the match, 3-6, 6-1, 8-10. “The third set tie-break went back and forth for a while until Hartsville was able to rack up the last three points in a row,” Rickwood said.

The Red Foxes won at fourth singles with Christopher Beasley putting in overtime to slide past L-E’s Elijah Jordan, 6-2, 0-6, 10-7. “Elijah could do no wrong in the first set and Christopher could do no wrong in the second set,” Rickwood said of the see-saw contest. “Both players played equally well in the third set tie-break but the momentum was in Hartsville’s favor.”

The L-E second doubles pairing fell for the first time in three matches this year as Coby Morrison and Trey Stephens dropped a pair of 6-3 decisions to Austin Grant and Caleb Riley. “The two teams court were fairly equally matched. We were unable to adjust their game like Hartsville did at the end of the sets,” Rickwood said.

The Demons are scheduled to host Darlington today in a 5:30 p,m match. It will be the second Region 6-4A contest for Rickwood and his squad.


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