This was L-E’s season opener. Although Spring Valley is not in our region this year, there is a chance they will be next year. We have not been too competitive with them in the past, but this Thursday was a different story. Although we did not come out with a win, we were not disappointed in our performance.
#1 Singles: Spencer Hinton versus Shyan Ganyh Baby: (6-7… 4)(6-3)(10-8): Spencer got off to an early lead, but then Spring Valley came fighting back. Shots that were working for Spencer early in the match were no longer as effective late in the set. Spencer seemed to be in cruise control by the second set. The third set was very competitive. Neither player seemed to be able to gain any momentum until L-E finally grabbed the last couple of points.
#2 Singles: Alex Hinton versus Brayden McGurt: (2-6)(3-6): Although the score looks a little lopsided, 7th grader Alex Hinton held his composure and rallied impressively in his very first match of high school tennis. Brayden just had the experience and shot making ability to keep Alex on his heels. Brayden was very gracious and complimentary with his opponent and visiting coach. We could not have asked for a better opponent for Alex to start with in the season.
#3 Singles: Matthew Mills versus Chase Brantey: (5-7)(1-6): Matthew never seem to find his rhythm in the match. Although the first set appeared competitive, Matthew never could find a consistent shot to work for him. Nothing seem to fall his way in the second either.
#4 Singles: Holden Roberts versus versus Sandeep Solomon: (4-6)(7-5)(5-10): Holden got off to a slow start against his opponent. He started moving and hitting better by the end of the set. He was able to use this momentum to carry him through the second set, but then faded a bit by the end of the 3rd set tie-break.
#5 Singles: Coby Morrison versus Mathew Vaughn: (6-2)(6-3): Coby and his opponent went back and forth for a while at the beginning of each set. Coby is the one that was able to figure out though how to swing momentum in his favor and was able to secure Lugoff’s first victory of the season.
#2 Doubles: Evan Freier / Andrew Boone versus Siddhath Gainey / Carson Aycock: (2-6)(6-1)(7-10): Evan Freier has returned to Lugoff tennis after taking last year off, and Andrew Boone has joined the team after getting to know some of the players in the off season. Both are welcome additions to the team. This was their first official match as a doubles team, and they performed rather well trying to deliver on their strengths. Spring Valley took had more balls fall their way in some close games in the first set. Lugoff had more fall their way in the second. Both took turns taking the lead in the 3rd, but it was Spring Valley that had enough points in a row at the end to take the match.
Even with the loss on the night, Lugoff held their heads high knowing that they had put in a very strong performance. Two of the matches they lost that night went to a 3rd set decider. With just one of those as a win, we could have fought it out with our number one doubles. With both of them winning, we could have taken the night. We were glad about how we held our own against a team with a history and good reputation as a team that tends to still be playing deep into the playoffs.