While the final score was the same as it was in their first meeting, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team’s 5-1 loss to rival Camden on Monday could not have played out more differently than the pairing between the two sides the previous week in Camden.
L-E head coach Edward Rickwood said his team has shown steady improvement each week and the week between matches with CHS was no different for the Demons.
“Even though the results are identical to our last meeting,” he said, “we looked much more like a team this time. (Our players) looked very good in their opening sets. Had a couple of key points fell our way, there might have been a different result to the night.”
As was the case in the first match, L-E senior and Coker College signee Hunter Horton took a 6-0, 6-0 win over CHS sophomore K.P. Cassidy.
The Demons were more competitive in the remaining five matches this time around.
In second singles, L-E’s Spencer Hinton won the first set over Thomas Marshall, 6-3. Marshall stormed back to win the second set, 6-1, to force a third-set tie-breaker which he won by outlasting Hinton, 10-5.
“The last time these two met, it was the game to watch that night. This match turned out to be the same way,” Rickwood said. “Spencer took the first set; he was hitting well while his opponent was hitting a bit long. His Camden opponent was able to find his range in the second set. Spencer was down early in the tie break, but started to climb his way back out. Unfortunately, it was a little late.”
Camden’s Wilson Pope bested Tyler Matthews in third singles, 6-2, 6-1, in a match which was closer than it appeared. “Despite the score,” Rickwood said, “this match was a lot closer than the score indicates. Both players are known for keeping the ball in play and both players did their best to make that happen. Long rallies started favoring (Pope) on the important points.”
Rickwood said Matthew Mills was unable to find his footing against the heavy hitting of Camden’s Robert Lackey in a pair of 6-0 setbacks.
L-E’s Harrison Garcia had some big points in his fifth singles match against CHS lefty Mac Lindsay. It was Lindsay's ability to hit the sidelines as he was run side to side to side which helped lead him to a 6-1, 6-1 triumph.
Second doubles saw the improving L-E tandem of Evan Freier and Ryan Hill take on Cullen Myers and Will Cox. After coming up just short in a 7-5 first set loss, the L-E duo came out on the short end in the second set, as well, falling 6-2.