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Demon tennis team drops pair of matches to Dogs and Darlington

Posted: March 16, 2017 2:35 p.m.
Updated: March 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Following a season-opening win, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team has since fallen upon hard times.

On Wednesday, the Demons suffered through fourth straight loss since their opening match in a 6-0 defeat at the hands of rival Camden. The setback came on the heels of Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to Darlington.

In Wednesday’s match at CHS, Camden’s much-improved first singles player, Wilson Pope, dealt Matthew Mills a pair of 6-1 losses. In second singles, K.P. Cassidy downed Tyler Matthews, 6-4, 6-1. “Tyler used the court well against K.P.,” said L-E head coach Edward Rickwood. “He held the lead for most of the first set but was unable to hold K.P. off once he started zeroing in on his shots. The second set was much closer than the score suggests.”

Camden’s run continued at third singles with Robert Lackey handing Ryan Hill a 6-0, 6-1 defeat before Mac Lindsey stopped Elijah Jordan at fourth singles by identical 6-1 counts. “This was a nice outing for Elijah,” Rickwood said of the fourth singles pairing. “He played well and tried out some new ideas. With more experience and thought behind his game, Elijah will be quite a player to watch over the next few years.”

Camden’s Ben Battiata closed singles action by tripping up Trey Stephens, who is a newcomer to the team and to the sport of tennis, 6-1, 6-1. “Trey has played mostly doubles,” Rickwood said. “This was his first time playing singles against an unknown opponent and he did not perform poorly. He had quite a few long rallies that, unfortunately, did not go his way.”

CHS capped the shutout with Will Farmer and Will Galloway topping Coby Morrison and Holden Roberts, 6-2, 6-4, in second doubles.

Rickwood hopes to have his regular lineup back soon. Until then, he said, he hopes his young squad can learn from these early season matches. “The season is not getting off to the start that we wanted,” he said following the Camden match. “Playing such a familiar team, hopefully we learned some things about ourselves that we can use to turn this season around in the right direction. Despite the scores, the boys played well.”

The Demons fell to 0-2 in Region 6-4A with the loss to Darlington which received a 6-0, 6-0 win from Avery Williamson at first singles over Mills, who has been bumped to first singles from his regular second spot in the rotation. 

Matthews gave L-E its win as he took down Chris Moore, 6-1, 6-4, in second singles. “A very bright spot on the team is senior Tyler Matthews,” Rickwood said. “Counting the scrimmage match against Dreher, Tyler is 4-1 for the season. He was in complete control again with his match against Darlington. He stumbled a little bit closing out the final set, but still managed to walk away with the win.”

DHS took the rest of the matches with Jace Watford topping Hill, 6-3, 6-2, in third singles while Jordan lost to Max Ward, 6-1, 6-1. Roberts moved from doubles to fifth singles and was outlasted by Kendall Howle, 6-4, 6-4.

“Much like the number three singles match, Holden started each set strong but was unable to keep it going to the end,” Rickwood said. “Having significant leads in both sets, the second half of each set looked very different as he would drop several games in a row.”

The Falcons took second doubles, as well, with Jonathan Bryant and Ross Beasley downing Coby Morrison and Stephens, 6-0, 6-3. “Coby and Trey were not as cohesive in the first set as they have demonstrated in past matches,” Rickwood said. “They were able to pull it together better in the second set."



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