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Demon netters drop regular season finale

Posted: April 27, 2017 9:33 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Ridge View avenged a loss to Lugoff-Elgin a week earlier while spoiling the Demons’ regular season tennis finale as the visiting Blazers left the West Wateree with a 4-2 win on Tuesday.

The Demons, the runner-up in Region 6, hosted Cane Bay in Thursday’s first round 4A state tournament match. 

As for L-E head coach Edward Rickwood, he was hoping his team could enter the postseason on a winning note. It was not to be, however, thanks to a strong showing from the Blazers.

“This loss was not how we wanted to end the regular season and it was definitely not the fall we wanted right before heading into playoffs,” said the Demon boss who had to miss most of the match in order to attend to a family matter.”

The matches which Rickwood were able to stay for were those which provided the hosts with both their victories. 

In first singles, Spencer Hinton made quick work of Jefferson Fulmore in winning in straight set, 6-0, 6-1. L-E’s Holden Roberts had even less trouble in fifth singles in blanking Jack Talledo, 6-0, 6-0.

“Spencer was in complete control from start to finish. Ridge View’s player had no answer for the quick play of Spencer,” Rickwood said of the first single match.

“Holden showed real thought as he moved this Ridge View opponent around the court before putting the ball away in the open court. Holden was playing like a guy who has been saving it all for playoffs,” Rickwood said of Roberts’ win at number five singles.

RV won the remaining four contests with Ethan Kene tripping up Matthew Mills at second singles, 6-4, 6-4, while Kalbe Phelps handed Tyler Matthews a pair of 6-4 defeats at third singles. In fourth singles, Marc Bumanglag outlasted Ryan Hill 6-0, 4-6, 10-4.

The Blazers won the lone doubles pairing of the afternoon with Alex Kivett and Daniel Gooding dealing Coby Morrison and Elijah Jordan a 6-3, 7-5 setback.

“Ridge View is a much stronger team than they have been in the past,” Rickwood said. “However, we were not playing our game tonight. Hopefully, it is the wakeup call these boys needed to take them into playoffs.”


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