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Flora ends L-E’s season with 6-0 victory

Posted: May 4, 2017 3:02 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2017 1:00 a.m.

What was a memorable season for the Lugoff-Elgin boys tennis team came to an end with a second round 4A state tournament loss to powerful A.C. Flora on Tuesday.

The host Falcons, the 2016 AAA state runners-up and 2015 AAA state champions, downed L-E, 6-0.

“Despite the loss, we were still very happy with our season,” said Demons’ head coach Edward Rickwood. “We were also not unhappy with our game play as we were able to take a few games off of them. We will take this experience and try to build on it next year.”

In first singles, L-E’s Spencer Hinton was defeated by the experienced Lukas McClamrock, 6-1, 6-0.  “Spencer’s opponent was hard hitting to the corners. Despite Spencer’s height and reach, he found he could not cover the pace and accuracy of his opponent.”

The Falcons won at second singles with Zach Kirkland upending Matthew Mills, 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Mal Flant downed Tyler Matthews by identical 6-1 scores.

“Matthew’s game actually looked pretty good against his opponent’s game,” Rickwood said of Mills. “Unfortunately Zach’s game was very similar to Lukas’ (McClamrock) game. Matthew was able to move his opponent around a bit but more and more of the longer points went Flora’s way.

“Tyler started each set by winning the first game,” Rickwood said of the third singles pairing. “Most of the games, though, had Tyler trying to absorb the power shots of his opponent. His defense could only hold up for so long before Flora was able to pound his way to the win.”

In fourth singles, Flora’s Alex Echols stopped Ryan Hill, 6-2, 6-0, in spite of Hill’s playing a solid first set. Michael Davis closed singles play with an impressive display of power and accuracy in a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Holden Roberts.

With the outcome decided and Flora’s having just five courts, second doubles was played as a pro set with Flora’s Robert Echols and Talley Moorman topping Elijah Jordan and Coby Morrison, 8-0.

While it was a tough way to end the season, Rickwood said he was proud of the way his team fought to the end in spite of long odds.

“Again, we’re sad to be out but happy with our season,” he said of his Region 6-4A runners-up. “I was also happy that though we seemed outmatched, no one played as if they were about to lose. If we are going to lose, I rather see my boys go down swinging and playing their game

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