BOOM BABY!!! This is the year of firsts for Coach Rickwood and his team. It has been a very long time since Lugoff has not made playoffs, but this is the first time getting 2nd place in their region… their first time hosting a playoff match… and their first time winning and getting to the second round of playoffs.
This was also the first meeting between these two teams. Cane Bay made the drive up to the Lugoff courts late in the day with the threat of rain looming overhead. Looking over both schools’ record this season, you could tell it was to be a good match up.
#1 Singles: Spencer Hinton vs. Jordan Howell (6-1)(7-6… 2): Spencer took off quickly and took the first set relatively easily. The second set proved to be a little more difficult for him though. For most of the set, Spencer found himself playing catch up. He managed to get it to a 2nd set tie-break. With the end so close in sight, Spencer found a way to put a series of points together to take the tie-break 7-2… and the match.
#2 Singles: Matthew Mills vs. Melvin Tejada (5-7)(6-2)(5-10): All three sets were going Matthew’s way… until they were not anymore. He was up by a lot in the first set, but fell out of his rhythm and gave Melvin the chance to close out the set. The second set looked very much like the first except that Matthew was able to finish it. Matthew had the lead in the third set until Melvin was able to put 6 points together in a row to finish out the match. It was the last match of the night, and by then Lugoff had already taken the overall victory.
#3 Singles: Tyler Matthews vs. Don Keyes (6-0)(6-1): Tyler historically is the last one off the courts, but this night he took less time than normal to finish the job. Despite the score and the early exit off of the court, the rallies and games were quite lengthy. Both sets went to Lugoff with nearly identical scores.
#4 Singles: Ryan Hill vs. Andrew Zhuo (6-4)(6-1): Ryan and Andrew looked very similar in game play throughout the first set. Ryan was the one to find a way to change to a new gear to close out the set. He kept his momentum going in the second set and ended the match pretty sure of himself. Being the 4th one off of the court, and the 4th winner… Ryan’s victory made sure we had the overall win for the night.
#5 Singles: Holden Roberts vs. Andrew Dodd (6-0)(6-2): Much like Tyler, Holden is typically one of the last one off of the courts. Again like Tyler, Holden changed that tonight and managed to be the first one off of the courts… and the first victory for Lugoff.
#2 Doubles: Coby Morrison / Trey Stephens vs. Nathan West / Carter Hinkle (1-6)(1-6): The doubles team was the one court that did not seem competitive in this match up. They did not have enough experience to deal with the game play that Cane Bay threw at them this night.
Coach Rickwood needed his team members to believe in their game… play their game… and not let Cane Bay sit back and play their own. They wanted it… and they got it done. Now all we can do is sit back and wait to see where the playoffs take us next.