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L-E netters end skid with 6-1 win

Posted: March 27, 2017 3:18 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Since opening their season with a win over Richland Northeast, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team fell on hard times in dropping their next six matches.

Last Thursday, the Demons snapped their skid with a 6-1 victory over visiting Manning in a non-conference pairing. But, as L-E head coach Edward Rickwood pointed out, his team needed to work for everything it got in this pairing.

“This is a good win that was long overdue for this young team,” he said. “If things continue to go well for us, we should be able to turn this season around by the time spring break gets here in two weeks.”

After a slow start, Spencer Hinton steadied the ship in handing Manning’s Dayquan Harrison a 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 loss in first singles. Hinton trailed in all three sets, including the tie-breaker in which Harrison jumped to a 9-4 lead before Hinton took the next seven points.

Matthew Mills continued his fine play in second singles in taking down Jullian Richardson, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2) and 10-4. 

Tyler Matthews gave the Demons a win at third singles as he bested Nathaniel Devitt, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4. “Unfortunately,” Rickwood said, “the first set ended on a disputed call. Tyler was able to get pass his disappointment to take control of the next two sets that did go in his favor.”

Holden Roberts gave the Demons a 6-1, 7-5 win over Josh Epps at fifth singles as he jumped to an early lead in both sets only to be challenged in the second in a set knotted at five. 

L-E would go on to sweep both doubles matches. 

While not being required to play first doubles, since the outcome of the match had already been decided, the two sides decided to give their teams a chance to play a match. The L-E first doubles pairing of Matthew Mills and Tyler Matthews stopped Harrison and Richardson in an 8-6 pro set. The Demons took the second doubles match with Elijah Jordan and Trey Stephens stopping Xavier Gibson and Josh Pugh by identical 6-2 counts in a match which breezed along.

“Unlike the second doubles team, this team did not seem interested in a quick conclusion,” Rickwood said of his team’s play in number one doubles. “After going up 7-2 and only needing one more game for the win, (L-E) allowed four games in a row to slip away from them. Fortunately, for a couple of cold parents, we pulled it together before it went to another tie-break.”

Manning’s lone victory came at fourth singles as Brandon Thomas-Burgess defeated Ryan Hill, 7-5, 3-6.



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