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Romp over Hartsville will keep L-E netters home

Posted: April 16, 2018 3:38 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Having a relatively good week of tennis, Lugoff-Elgin was eager for its final Region 6-4A match of the season.

A win over host Hartsville last Thursday would secure a second place finish in conference play which includes a first round state tournament home match. The Demons did just that in returning home with a 5-1 victory over the Red Foxes.

The visitors, who will host a yet-to-be-determined opponent in the state tournament opener on Tuesday, April 26, won four of five singles matches while taking second doubles in the one-sided affair.

Spencer Hinton made quick work of Hartsville’s Mac Waldrop at first singles, winning 6-0, 6-2. “(Waldrop) was unable to match the power that was coming off of Spencer’s racquet,” said L-E head coach Edward Rickwood. “Spencer stayed on the attack from start to finish leaving his opponent struggling to find a way into the match.”

In second singles, Alex Hinton had an even easier match as he stopped Jacob Prozzi in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. “Though Alex is the youngest (player) on the team,” Rickwood said, “he continues to show why he deserves to be up in one of the top spots. Figuring out his opponent’s game early, Alex was steady and consistent in the dismantling of it. This was a fairly quick match with an early victory.”

The Red Foxes lone win of the evening came at third singles as Duncan Crawley outlasted L-E’s Matthew Mills, 6-1, 7-6 (10-3).

“It took Matthew quite a long time to get into his match,” Rickwood said. “Plagued with broken strings and broken racquets over the past few days, Matthew found it difficult to maintain his focus. By the time he was able to make a run at it in the second set, his opponent was able to find one more gear to outrun Matthew to the finish line.”

Holden Roberts had an easy go of it at fourth singles, tripping up Cooper Myers, 6-2, 6-0, while Coby Morrison was given a tough match by Hartsville’s Cole Beasley before Morrison came away with a 6-2, 7-5 victory in fifth singles.

Rickwood said Roberts outlasted and outplayed his opponent in a quick contest at fourth singles. It took a longer time for Morrison to complete his pairing.

“This was once again a surprise to the coaching staff and to Holden, who tends to be one of the last players off the courts,” he said. “Moving his opponent around and making him hit from defensive positions, Holden flew through his match.

“Coby had complete control of his match in the first set. Things got a little more interesting for everyone in the second set. Knowing they already had a win on court three and that all the other matches except for second doubles had already finished, Hartsville knew that this was an important one to take back if they were to have any chance on the night. With Hartsville serving to take the match to a second set tie-break, smart plays from Coby earned himself quadruple match points. He did not need that many, though, to get it done.”

In second doubles, the Demons tandem of Evan Freier and Andrew Boone had little trouble in a 6-3, 6-1 win over versus Jay Braddock and Mike Norris in the last match of the night to get underway.

“Because of damage to one of the courts,” Rickwood said, “Hartsville could only provide five courts for the night. Thanks to Holden’s quick match, the second doubles team did not have to wait too long. This is the one court where there was a changeup in Hartsville’s line up from last time. 

“(Freier and Boone) quickly assessed the new team they were facing, and they were able to win this one with a touch of power from the baseline and some aggressive net play.”


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