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Sumerville Green Wave 3 vs. Porter-Gaud 6

1. Lucas Azevedo (PG) def. Sam Dimuzio 6-2, 6-1
2. Owen Seldon (PG) def. William Wimberly 6-2, 6-1
3. Harris Stripling (PG) def. Edward Naval 6-4, 6-3
4. Ethan Curb (PG) def. Rahi Gajjar 6-4, 7-6(1)
5. Sebastian Key (SHS) def. Bryce Bunting 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(7)
6. Baker Wiking (PG) def. Spicer Pagan 6-1, 6-1

1. Azevedo/Seldon (PG) def. Dimuzio/Naval 8-7(2)
2. Wimberly/Gajjar (SHS) def. Curb/Curb 8-2
3. Key/Pagan (SHS) def. Wiking/Drucker 8-2

Your Green Wave fought in a great match tonight against a deep Porter-Gaud team. Although they came up on the wrong side of the win column, I was proud of the fight I saw in them tonight. I feel like they played a better match than our 5-1 victory over James Island. On court, it seemed that many of the boys played mirrors of themselves. We came out a little tight, and that was the big difference in the final tally. Had we started like we finished, the score may have been different.

Our match of the night goes to all 3 doubles teams and Sebastian Key at 5-Singles. After taking some close loses in singles, your Wave came out aggressively in doubles and drove through balls. Most balls were kept low and deep, and my boys set their partners up for great shots. It was such fun doubles to watch, the ending score didn’t even matter for the viewers. We put on a great show to close out the evening.

At 5-Singles, Bunting was giving Key a dose of his own medicine. Sebastian would hit a great angled shot, and Bunting would get the ball back, angle and all. After a close first set loss, Key changed strategies and played a style of game he doesn’t like to play. However, it worked, and he stuck to the game plan. Because of it, he made an amazing comeback and earned our only singles victory of the night.

At 1-Singles, Dimuzio had another tough match-up. Azevedo was a pattern player that hit high percentage shots and rarely missed. Sam, however, played his best match of the year, anticipating where Azevedo was going and getting ball after ball back. Each player forced errors from their opponent. This match was much closer than the scorecard showed.

Sophomore, William WImberly, played senior Owen Seldon at #2 Singles. Coming off a recent ankle injury, Wimberly played hard and gave 100%, but would like to have this match back. Normally, William rarely makes mistakes and is able to hit ball after ball until setting himself up for winners. Tonight, he struggled to execute when he had the chance. We all have those nights where it just doesn’t go our way. I’m excited for William to hop back into the saddle tomorrow versus Hanahan.

At #3 singles, Edward Naval played another great match. Both he and Stripling just pounded ball after ball until one of them made a mistake. After the match, Naval knew what he could have done to pull ahead in this one. Sometimes, one loss leads to many more victories. I think this is one of those matches.

Junior, Rahi Gajjar, took his first loss of the season in his #4 singles match versus Ethan Curb. A college coach talked to me about the amazing potential that they saw in him tonight. Rahi had the right game plan tonight. The match when back and forth, but Rahi knew he had plenty of chances to close out points. This is another loss tonight that one of your Wave wish they could have back. He couldn’t have fought harder, but just fell short in the end.

At #6 singles, Spicer Pagan played a cerebral match, but he just couldn’t figure out what would shake Wiking. Spicer is 9-1 after this loss tonight. I saw some amazing shots come from Spicer tonight. There was a lot to like about this match if you don’t pay attention to the score. The Wave have a player in Pagan that will play whatever style necessary to beat his opponent. Tonight, Wiking was just too much for him.

Tonight really was a fun match to be at. I’m never a fan of a loss, but when we can come away from it better than we would have in a win, I think I can deal with it. To finish off the match with such a strong doubles performance was the perfect way to end the night.