Still riding high after such a great game of tennis the night before, Lugoff traveled into Manning with high hopes and confidence. We were a little unsure about what to expect from Manning since their coach had retired.
#1 Singles: Spencer Hinton versus Jullian Richardson: (3-6)(6-0)(10-8): Spencer could not get his shots to land right in the first set, but he seem to right the rudder in the second. The third set was pretty much up for grabs as both fought to edge the other one out. Seeing that they were pretty much the last ones on the courts at the end of the night, Spencer finally put an end to it.
#2 Singles: Alex Hinton versus Brandon Burgess: (6-2)(6-1): This match took much longer than the score might indicate. Alex had to stay mentally focused as his opponent took a few medical timeouts. Brandon still was able to blast shots past Alex, but not enough to keep Alex from taking the match.
#3 Singles: Matthew Mills versus Hane Mitchum: (6-2)(7-6… 5): This game was full of long rallies. Matthew was hitting very well, and Hane was able to keep blocking back into play many balls that Matthew thought were going to be clear winners. Much like the match on court #2, this first set took much longer than the score would indicate. Hane was able to keep it a little closer in the second set, but Matthew took clear control of the tie-break for the win.
#4 Singles: Holden Roberts versus Xavier Gibson: (6-1)(7-6… 3): This match was almost an exact carbon copy of what was happening on court #3. Holden was hitting some apparent winners that wound up being lobbed back into play by his opponent. Xavier was a much heavier hitter too for Holden to have to absorb, and he was able to do so all the way to the end.
#5 Singles: Coby Morrison versus Tai Blair: (6-1)(6-4): Much like his match from the night before, Coby had a game plan and stuck to it til the end. He hesitated a bit at the end of the second set, but was still in no danger of losing this night.
#2 Doubles: Evan Freier / Andrew Boone versus Logan ??? / Johnathan Shadd: (6-2)(6-2): Evan and Andrew learned a lot from their first match. They had a few changes that made tonight’s match a little less stressful for them. They played a very smart game.
Even though we still much to learn, these two seem up for the challenge.
It was a good week of tennis for Lugoff. Next week we will travel to face another strong rival from the past (Irmo). On Tuesday we will host a new opponent from Hartsville Magnet, and on Thursday we will visit one of our local schools in the north (North Central).