My boys were so close once again to going the distance against Spring Valley. I know my boys were disappointed about not coming out of the contest with the win, but the coaches feel better about the way we played tonight with such an important region match coming up on the road tomorrow. A couple of points here and there tonight could have changed our outcome of a 2-4 loss into who knows what.
#1 Singles: Spencer Hinton versus Shyam Ganesh Baby: (6-7… 4)(5-7): This match was tight from start to finish. Both boys had strong moments, and both boys had times where they struggled a bit. Spencer had triple set points that he was unable to capitalize on in the first set. From then on he would have to play from behind.
#2 Singles: Alex Hinton versus Abhi Nair: (6-4)(6-2): Alex Hinton was once again playing with a lot of poise and control. There were times he could count on some unforced errors from his opponent, but there were many times he pushed the issue to set himself up for an easy put away shot. Alex was one of the first ones off the court, and the first win for the night for LE.
#3 Singles: Matthew Mills versus Chase Brantley: (1-6)(5-7): It took Matthew a bit of time to find a way to take his Spring Valley opponent out of his game. The first set slipped away rather quickly. The second set was a little more competitive as Matthew started landing more shots and moving his opponent a little more. In the end though it was a little late to make a real difference.
#4 Singles: Holden Roberts versus Sandeep Solomon: (3-6)(4-6): The same could be said of Holden’s game on court #4. His Spring Valley opponent was making his fair share of mistakes as well, but still managed to get the first set. Holden moved much better in the second. Once again he had many close games, but too many of them went to Spring Valley in the end.
#5 Singles: Coby Morrison versus Carson Aycock: (6-2)(6-4): Coby and his opponent exchanged long rallies and many service winners. The games were much closer than the score would indicate, but LE looked to be in control most of the way. It took quite a while, but Coby was able to walk off the courts with LE’s second win for the night.
#2 Doubles: Andrew Boone / Evan Freier versus Siddharth Gianey / Ethan Bidwell: (5-7)(1-6): LE enjoyed a very early lead as the took the first 4 games of the match. Things started to go awry for them though, and they were never able to get the game back on track. Many unforced errors and unfortunate shots gave Spring Valley just what they needed to finish the second set off in a hurry.
It would have been nice to see the game go to a deciding #1 doubles match. Every player on Lugoff’s team showed in at least one of their sets that they had the game to hang with this very tough team. We just need to figure out how to get our A-game out on the courts… from start to finish… all at the same time.