Friday, April 21, 2017
Lugoff-Elgin High School
Ridge View High School
Even though we have been able to best Ridge View in most of our meetings, we can never be too sure or too careful about what sort of team we will encounter from year to year. Players move in and out of that school, and this year we met some opponents that had given us trouble in past years but at different schools.
#1 Singles: Spencer Hinton vs. Jefferson Folmore (6-2)(6-3): This game looked a lot closer than the score indicates… at least at the beginning of each set. About halfway through each set, Spencer found another gear and finished each set strong.
#2 Singles: Matthew Mills vs. Kaleb Phelps (6-7… 1)(1-6): The first set was very competitive. Kaleb’s defensive play was putting up a strong showing against Matthew’s offensive play. The set really could have gone either way, but the tie break went all Ridge View’s way. Kaleb played the first set with a little more confidence, while Matthew seemed rattled. It was not nearly as close as the first set.
#3 Singles: Tyler Matthews vs. Mark Todd (6-0)(6-2): Tyler was in complete control in his match. He got behind in the second set, but quickly corrected his course.
#4 Singles: Ryan Hill vs. Chris Gibson (6-2)(6-2): Ryan and Chris were both runners, but Ryan proved to be the player a little more accuracy to his shots.
#5 Singles: Holden Roberts vs. Adan Johno (6-1)(6-1): The story was very much the same on court 5 as on court 4. Holden was able to keep his unforced errors a little more in check than his Ridge View opponent.
#2 Doubles: Elijah Jordan / Trey Stephens vs. Alex Kivett / Daniel Gooding (3-6)(3-6): Unforced errors and an unwillingness to take control of the net made the doubles game a very difficult one for Lugoff. Meanwhile… on the other side of the net, one of the Ridge View players proved himself more than capable of overpowering the Lugoff team at the net.
Even though Lugoff seemed in control most of the match, it was a lot closer than we have seen in most years. We will meet them again on Tuesday at Lugoff, and I am hoping that all of our players are a little more willing to step up their games to lead us into playoffs.